XX wins top Un Certain Regard Prize – Deadline

Uk director Molly Manning Walker’s How To Have Sex won the top prize in Cannes Un Certain Regard on Friday evening.

The Jury Prize went to Moroccan filmmaker Kamal Lazraq’s The Hounds.

Best Director went to Moroccan director Asmae El Moudir’s documentary The Mother Of All Lies about the bread riots that shook a working class Casablanca neighborhood in 1981. She follows in the footsteps of Alain Guiraudie, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Sergei Loznitsa.

In other awards, the Ensemble Prize went to The Buriti Flower by Joao Salaviza and Renée Nader Messoera; the New Voice Award Belgian rapper and MC Baloji for Omen and the Freedom Prize to Sudanese drama Goodbye Julia! by Mohamed Kordofani.

Launched in 1978 by former Cannes delegate general Gilles Jacob, Un Certain Regard showcases 20 films by emerging filmmakers as well as more established directors pushing cinematic and geographical boundaries.

Eight of this year’s entries are first-time films making them also eligible for the Caméra d’Or for best debut feature, which will be announced tomorrow alongside the prizes for the main Competition including the Palme d’Or.

John C. Reilly presided over this year’s Un Certain Regard jury, joined by French director and screenwriter Alice Winocour, German actress Paula Beer, French-Cambodian director and producer Davy Chou and Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne.

The Un Certain Regard closes with the world premiere of Alex Lutz’s Strangers By Night, which screens Out of Competition after the UCR awards ceremony.

The Closing Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 27, at 8:30 pm CET and will be followed by Peter Sohn’s Elemental as the official “last screening” of the festival.

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