Spiritual and mystical journey in Olivier Laxe’s prize-winning second feature Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
Laxe, who lives in Morocco, follows the journey of an ageing and dying sheikh who journeys across the Atlas mountains on a kind of spiritual and mystical odyssey.
A comedy from Turkey, Album, received the France 4 Visionary Award - revolving around a couple who stage a pretend pregnancy so that it will seem as if the child they are adopting was theirs. Along the way, the director Mehmet Can Mertoğlu casts a satirical swipe at Turkish bureaucracy and the attitudes the country’s middle class.
Diamond Island - a French-Cambodian co-production - receives the SACD prize Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
The Fondation Gan for the cinema has awarded its prize to help Sophie Dulac distributors show One week And A Day (Shavua ve yom) by Asaph Polonsky.
The Canal + award for best short film has gone to L'enfance d'un chef by Antoine de Bary. The Leica Cine Discovery Prize for short films went to Prenjak by Wregas Bhanuteja.
Other members of Donizelli's jury were filmmakers Alice Winocour, Nadav Lapid, David Robert Mitchell and Santiago Mitre.
This was the 55th edition of the week organised by France’s association of film critics.