A scene from The Tribe which scooped three awards in Critics' Week.
As the Cannes Film Festival begins to wind down to the closing weekend certain sections of the Festival have begun to announce their awards, including the Critics' Week who have chosen to bestow no less than three accolades on The Tribe from Ukranian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy.
It is a unique choice because it follows a deaf mute who enters a specialised boarding school. All the cast were deaf-sign language users.
It received the top prize of 10,000 euros - the Nespresso Grand Prix. It also received broadcaster France 4 Visionary Award for its "passion and enthusiasm" as well as The Gan Foundation Support for Distribution.
Another film which scored with an SACD award was Hope by Boris Lojkine, a heart-rending story of asylum seekers making the trek through Africa to Morocco with the hope of a passage to Spain. Again the main players were real people who had been involved such a desperate journey.
The complete winners were:
Grand Prix Nespresso The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
France 4 Visionary Award The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Prix SACD Hope by Boris Lojkine
The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano
Canal+ Award Crocodile by Gaëlle Denis
Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy