Paulina takes top prize at Cannes Critics' Week

Land And Shade also celebrates double win.

by Amber Wilkinson

Paulina wins top prize at Cannes Critics' Week
Paulina wins top prize at Cannes Critics' Week Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Critics' Week
Argentinian film Paulina was named the winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at Cannes Critics' Week yesterday - the Cannes sidebar dedicated to celebrating up-and-coming talent.

The film, directed by Santiago Mitre, tells the story of a young woman who gives up a law career to teach under-privileged kids and who refuses to be cowed despite a brutal attack.

Colombian director César Acevedo celebrated a double win with his debut feature Land And Shade (Tierra y La Sombra). He took home the France 4 Visionary award - given to a film "reflects the passion and enthusiasm of promising young film critics for the new filmmakers of their generation" - and the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers SACD prize. His drama is the tale of a farmer who returns to his farm after a long absence in order to care for his very sick son.

Afghanistan war drama The Wakhan Front (Ni Le Ciel, Ni La Terre), directed by Clement Cogitore, won the the Gan Foundation Support for Distribution, which helps brings films to cinemas in France.

The Canal+ Award for best short was won by Romanian film Ramona, directed by Andrei Cretulescu, while Italian director Fulvio Risuelo's Chickenpox (Varicella) won the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize.

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