The Leica Cine Discovery Prize, presented to one of the ten short and medium-length films in competition of the annual Critics Week sidebar at Cannes Film Festival, went to Greek director Jacqueline Lentzou’s "Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year`, a portrait of a woman alone in the desert.
“Diamantino” by co-directors Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt is the winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at the fifty-seventh Semaine de la Critique—Critics’ Week. The Franco-Brazilian-Portuguese comedy drama had emerged as the hot favorite to win the section. Directed by first timers Abrantes and Schmidt, it chronicles the fall from grace of a top football (soccer) player after his knee collapses and ends his career. What follows is a descent into and exploration of numerous dark sides of life.
Other prizes awarded at the ceremony included: the SACD Prize for Icelandic-French-Ukrainian film “Woman at War” by Benedikt Erlingsson; and the GAN Foundation Award for Distribution, to Franco-Indian effort “Sir.” Felix Maritaud won the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award for his role in Camille Vidal-Naquet’s “Sauvage.”