Cannes Winner ‘Border’ In Contention Among Diverse LA Film Festival Competition Lineup

Forty feature films including 24 world premieres highlight the official LA Film Festival competition lineup in the fest’s move into the crowded fall festival corridor, away from their previous early-summer perch.
Among the movies in competition is the highly regarded Swedish film Border (Grans) from director Ali Abbasi, a NEON pickup out of Cannes that took the top prize in that festival’s No. 2 competition, Un Certain Regard. It is listed as a “California Premiere,”…

Forty feature films including 24 world premieres highlight the official LA Film Festival competition lineup in the fest’s move into the crowded fall festival corridor, away from their previous early-summer perch. Among the movies in competition is the highly regarded Swedish film Border (Grans) from director Ali Abbasi, a NEON pickup out of Cannes that took the top prize in that festival’s No. 2 competition, Un Certain Regard. It is listed as a “California Premiere,”…

‘Border’ Takes Top Un Certain Regard Prize; ‘Girl’s Victor Polster Tapped Best Performance – Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival’s companion competition section, Un Certain Regard, has unveiled its picks for best in show with the top prize going to Border (Grans) from Iranian-Danish director Ali Abbasi. The fantasy thriller is based on a novella wr…

The Cannes Film Festival’s companion competition section, Un Certain Regard, has unveiled its picks for best in show with the top prize going to Border (Grans) from Iranian-Danish director Ali Abbasi. The fantasy thriller is based on a novella written by Let The Right One In‘s John Ajvide Lindqvist. Neon acquired domestic early in the festival. The film centers on a customs officer with an uncanny knack for sniffing out guilt. But when she develops a strange attraction…

Troll Sex Movie ‘Border’ Wins Top Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Section

Director Ali Abbasi’s “Border” (“Grans”) has been named the best film in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, a sidebar to the main competition that is largely devoted to younger directors and more experimental films.

The film, whose U.S. rights were acquired by Neon during the festival, is part horror film about maggot-eating trolls, part timely allegory about how we treat outsiders. “Either way, it’s creepy and disturbing and freaky, with enough room to find whatever subtext you’re looking for,” wrote TheWrap in its review.

It also includes a jaw-dropping scene of troll sex that had the Cannes audience both squirming in its seats and laughing nervously.

Also Read: ‘Border’ Film Review: Are Moviegoers Ready for Hot, Hairy Troll Sex?

Sergei Loznitsa won the UCR best director award for “Donbass,” his searing and sometimes surreal look at the war in his homeland of Ukraine.

Viktor Polster, a teenaged dancer who starred in Lukas Dhont’s moving “Girl” as a transgender girl with aspirations of becoming a ballerina, won the award for the section’s best performance.

Meryem Benm’Barek won the screenplay award for “Sofia.”

Also Read: ‘Girl’ Film Review: Transgender Teen Drama Is a True Cannes Discovery

Other contenders in Un Certain Regard included Vanessa Filho’s “Angel Face,” Antoine Desrosieres’ “Sextape,” Valeria Golino’s “Euphoria,” Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki” and one of the latest to screen, Bi Gan’s wildly acclaimed “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

The jury was headed by Benicio del Toro and also included actress Virginie Ledoyen, director Kantemir Balagov, writer-director Annemarie Jacir and Telluride Film Festival director Julie Huntsinger.

Prizes in the main competition, including the Palme d’Or, will be handed out on Saturday evening at the festival’s closing ceremony.

The awards:

Un Certain Regard Prize: “Border” (“Grans”)
Jury Prize: “The Dead and the Others,” Joao Salaviza and Renee Nader Messor
Prize for Best Direction: Sergei Loznitsa, “Donbass”
Prize for Best Performance: Viktor Polster, “Girl”
Prize for Best Screenplay: Meryem Benm’Barek, “Sofia”

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Director Ali Abbasi’s “Border” (“Grans”) has been named the best film in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, a sidebar to the main competition that is largely devoted to younger directors and more experimental films.

The film, whose U.S. rights were acquired by Neon during the festival, is part horror film about maggot-eating trolls, part timely allegory about how we treat outsiders. “Either way, it’s creepy and disturbing and freaky, with enough room to find whatever subtext you’re looking for,” wrote TheWrap in its review.

It also includes a jaw-dropping scene of troll sex that had the Cannes audience both squirming in its seats and laughing nervously.

Sergei Loznitsa won the UCR best director award for “Donbass,” his searing and sometimes surreal look at the war in his homeland of Ukraine.

Viktor Polster, a teenaged dancer who starred in Lukas Dhont’s moving “Girl” as a transgender girl with aspirations of becoming a ballerina, won the award for the section’s best performance.

Meryem Benm’Barek won the screenplay award for “Sofia.”

Other contenders in Un Certain Regard included Vanessa Filho’s “Angel Face,” Antoine Desrosieres’ “Sextape,” Valeria Golino’s “Euphoria,” Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki” and one of the latest to screen, Bi Gan’s wildly acclaimed “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

The jury was headed by Benicio del Toro and also included actress Virginie Ledoyen, director Kantemir Balagov, writer-director Annemarie Jacir and Telluride Film Festival director Julie Huntsinger.

Prizes in the main competition, including the Palme d’Or, will be handed out on Saturday evening at the festival’s closing ceremony.

The awards:

Un Certain Regard Prize: “Border” (“Grans”)
Jury Prize: “The Dead and the Others,” Joao Salaviza and Renee Nader Messor
Prize for Best Direction: Sergei Loznitsa, “Donbass”
Prize for Best Performance: Viktor Polster, “Girl”
Prize for Best Screenplay: Meryem Benm’Barek, “Sofia”

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Watch: Graceful First Trailer For Cannes Un Certain Regard Drama ‘The Gentle Indifference Of The World’

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Radiant Boards Un Certain Regard Title ‘Manto’ for International Sales

Radiant Films International has boarded Nandita Das’ sophomore directorial feature “Manto” for international sales, the company announced Tuesday. The film, which receives its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard on Sunday, w…

Radiant Films International has boarded Nandita Das’ sophomore directorial feature “Manto” for international sales, the company announced Tuesday. The film, which receives its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard on Sunday, will be introduced to buyers at Cannes this week. Written and directed by Das, “Manto” is based on the […]

Cannes Sets Benicio Del Toro’s Un Certain Regard Jury Members

In a bit of last-minute housekeeping, the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, has finalized the make-up of its Un Certain Regard jury. Benicio Del Toro was previously set as president of the panel.
He will now be joined by Palestinian dire…

In a bit of last-minute housekeeping, the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, has finalized the make-up of its Un Certain Regard jury. Benicio Del Toro was previously set as president of the panel. He will now be joined by Palestinian director and writer Annemarie Jacir; Russian director Kantemir Balagov; French actress Virginie Ledoyen; and Telluride Film Festival exec director Julie Huntsinger. UCR is considered the alternate competition of the Official…

Cannes: Luxbox Acquires Un Certain Regard’s ‘The Dead and the Others’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — Emerging ever more as a go-to sales agent for prominent festival titles from Latin America, Paris-based Luxbox has swooped on international rights to “Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos” (The Dead and the Others), which was adde…

MADRID — Emerging ever more as a go-to sales agent for prominent festival titles from Latin America, Paris-based Luxbox has swooped on international rights to “Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos” (The Dead and the Others), which was added to Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last Thursday. Based on the filmmakers’ experience living for nearly […]

Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

Benicio Del Toro has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Hailing him as “not only a film lover but a brilliant actor,” the Cannes Film Festival said Wednesday that Del Toro was “an artist who knows no boundaries” and a performer who “throws himself like no other into his […]

Benicio Del Toro has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Hailing him as “not only a film lover but a brilliant actor,” the Cannes Film Festival said Wednesday that Del Toro was “an artist who knows no boundaries” and a performer who “throws himself like no other into his […]

Ursula Meier to Preside Over Camera d’Or Jury at Cannes

Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier is set to preside over the Camera d’Or jury at the Cannes Film Festival, whose mission is to select the best first film presented in Cannes’ Official Selection, Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight. Meier is best known for directing “Home,” her feature debut, and “Sister,” which won the Silver Bear at […]

Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier is set to preside over the Camera d’Or jury at the Cannes Film Festival, whose mission is to select the best first film presented in Cannes’ Official Selection, Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight. Meier is best known for directing “Home,” her feature debut, and “Sister,” which won the Silver Bear at […]

Harvey Weinstein Lauds Certain Regard Jury For Spotlight On Native American Issues In ‘Wind River’ – Cannes

Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co is releasing the just-annointed Un Certain Regard Best Director winner Wind River domestically, accepted the award on behalf of Taylor Sheridan tonight. Both a message from Sheridan, which Weinstein read, along with his own message, included strong words for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump with regard to continued injustice toward Native Americans.
A timely thriller, Wind River follows a game tracker (Jeremy Renner)…

Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co is releasing the just-annointed Un Certain Regard Best Director winner Wind River domestically, accepted the award on behalf of Taylor Sheridan tonight. Both a message from Sheridan, which Weinstein read, along with his own message, included strong words for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump with regard to continued injustice toward Native Americans. A timely thriller, Wind River follows a game tracker (Jeremy Renner)…

Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Wind River’s Taylor Sheridan, ‘A Man Of Integrity’, ‘April’s Daughter’ & More – Cannes

With another 24 hours to go before the main prizes, including the Palme d’Or, are awarded here at the Cannes Film Festival, sidebar Un Certain Regard has designated its laureates. Iranian drama, Lerd (A Man Of Integrity) scooped the main Un Certain Regard prize. Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, it was reportedly made in secret and looks at the effects of corruption on a man and his family.
Taylor Sheridan was named Best Director for Wind River. The timely thriller, which…

With another 24 hours to go before the main prizes, including the Palme d’Or, are awarded here at the Cannes Film Festival, sidebar Un Certain Regard has designated its laureates. Iranian drama, Lerd (A Man Of Integrity) scooped the main Un Certain Regard prize. Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, it was reportedly made in secret and looks at the effects of corruption on a man and his family. Taylor Sheridan was named Best Director for Wind River. The timely thriller, which…

Cannes: ‘Lerd’ Wins Top Award in Un Certain Regard Section

Mohammed Rasoulof’s “Lerd” (“A Man of Integrity”)  has been named the best film in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, a jury headed by Uma Thurman announced on Saturday in an awards ceremony at the Salle Debussy.

The drama deals with corruption in a small town in Iran and stars Reza Akhlaghirad and Soudabeh Beizaee.  Rasoulof shot the film in Iran, but he told TheWrap that the film will not be shown in that country because of censorship restrictions.

Taylor Sheridan, the only American director in Un Certain Regard, won the best director award for “Wind River.” Michel Franco won the Jury Prize, essentially the second-place award, for “April’s Daughter.”

The acting award went to Jasmine Trinca for “Fortunata.”

Also Read: In Searing Iranian Drama ‘Lerd,’ Corruption Creeps Into Every Corner

In addition to Thurman, the jury also included Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, Belgian director Joachim Lafosse, French actor Reda Kateb and Karlovy Vary Film Festival director Karel Och.

Un Certain Regard consisted of 18 films, including Valeska Grisebach’s “Western,” Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Beauty and the Dogs,” Li Ruijun’s “Walking Past the Future,” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Before We Vanish,” Laurent Cantet’s “The Workshop” and Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.”

The Palme d’Or and other awards for the main competition will be handed out on Sunday in a ceremony at the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

The awards:

Un Certain Regard Prize: “Lerd,” Mohammed Rasoulof
Jury Prize: “April’s Daughter” (“Las Hijas de Abril”), Michel Franco
Prize for Best Direction: Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River”
Prize for Best Actress: Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata”
Prize for the Best Poetic Narrative: Mathieu Amalric, “Barbara”

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Mohammed Rasoulof’s “Lerd” (“A Man of Integrity”)  has been named the best film in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, a jury headed by Uma Thurman announced on Saturday in an awards ceremony at the Salle Debussy.

The drama deals with corruption in a small town in Iran and stars Reza Akhlaghirad and Soudabeh Beizaee.  Rasoulof shot the film in Iran, but he told TheWrap that the film will not be shown in that country because of censorship restrictions.

Taylor Sheridan, the only American director in Un Certain Regard, won the best director award for “Wind River.” Michel Franco won the Jury Prize, essentially the second-place award, for “April’s Daughter.”

The acting award went to Jasmine Trinca for “Fortunata.”

In addition to Thurman, the jury also included Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, Belgian director Joachim Lafosse, French actor Reda Kateb and Karlovy Vary Film Festival director Karel Och.

Un Certain Regard consisted of 18 films, including Valeska Grisebach’s “Western,” Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Beauty and the Dogs,” Li Ruijun’s “Walking Past the Future,” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Before We Vanish,” Laurent Cantet’s “The Workshop” and Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.”

The Palme d’Or and other awards for the main competition will be handed out on Sunday in a ceremony at the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

The awards:

Un Certain Regard Prize: “Lerd,” Mohammed Rasoulof
Jury Prize: “April’s Daughter” (“Las Hijas de Abril”), Michel Franco
Prize for Best Direction: Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River”
Prize for Best Actress: Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata”
Prize for the Best Poetic Narrative: Mathieu Amalric, “Barbara”

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Cannes 2017: Uma Thurman Set to Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury

The second competition of the Official Selection, the Un Certain Regard program showcases works which offer a unique perspective and aesthetic.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival has announced their pick for President of their Un Certain Regard jury — Cannes regular and American icon, actress Uma Thurman.

Per an official statement from the festival, “In a career spanning more than 20 years, the American actress has made some daring choices and enjoyed taking risks. She made her debut aged 17, in Stephen Frears’ ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and in Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.’ She became Quentin Tarantino’s muse, playing in ‘Pulp Fiction’ (Palme d’or winner, 1994) and in ‘Kill Bill’ (volumes 1 & 2), both presented at the Festival de Cannes. Since then, Uma Thurman has worked with many directors, including Andrew Niccol (‘Gattaca’); Woody Allen (‘Sweet and Lowdown’); Roland Joffé (‘Vatel’) and Ethan Hawke (‘Chelsea Walls’). She recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project, ‘The House that Jack Built,’ alongside Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz.”

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The statement continues, “Her filmography encompasses everything from action films to science fiction; intimate dramas to light comedies. This wide variety is a testament to her free and independent spirit, nurtured by her childhood in a hippy family. Whether playing crazy, sexy or dominant, the woman whose namesake is the Hindu goddess of beauty and light has definitely entered the pantheon of movie greats, with several of her scenes attaining cult status.”

In 2011, Thurman served as a member of the jury under Robert De Niro. More members of the Un Certain Regard jury will be announced in the coming days.

You can check out the full Competition lineup — including Un Certain Regard — right here.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 17 – 28.

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Uma Thurman Named President Of Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury

Uma Thurman is set to preside over the this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard jury. The American actress, who was a member of the main competition jury headed up by Robert De Niro in 2011, will touch down again on the Croisette this year, steering the second competition of the Official Selection next month.
The Un Certain Regard sidebar, which has yet to be revealed, showcases works which offer a unique perspective and aesthetic. Last year’s top winner was Juho Kuosmanen’s…

Uma Thurman is set to preside over the this year's Cannes Un Certain Regard jury. The American actress, who was a member of the main competition jury headed up by Robert De Niro in 2011, will touch down again on the Croisette this year, steering the second competition of the Official Selection next month. The Un Certain Regard sidebar, which has yet to be revealed, showcases works which offer a unique perspective and aesthetic. Last year's top winner was Juho Kuosmanen's…