As the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close on Saturday night, Sidebar Critics Week distributes its prizes with the Andres Ramirez Pulidore Grand Prix this evening. Pack. Critics Week is dedicated to the first and second features, and this is the debut of Pulido, which means the film is also eligible for Camera D’Or, which will be announced during the main closing ceremony of the festival on Saturday.
Pack Critics took two gongs tonight, also scoring SACD prizes. The story centers on Eli, a country boy who is imprisoned in an experimental juvenile center in the heart of Colombia’s tropical forest for a crime with his friend El Monroe. Every day, teens do strenuous physical labor and intense group therapy. One day, El Mono is transferred to the same center and brings with him a past that Elio is trying to escape.
Deadline’s review calls the film “a finely calibrated blend of recognized social reality and dystopian strangeness” and “a very special film.”
More scoring nodes tonight were Charlotte Wells’ After the sun (Reviewed here), starring Paul Mescal, which A24 picked up this week; And Emanuel Nicot Love according to Dalva (Review here) For young star Zelda Samson.
Here is the complete list of winners:
PackDirector: Andres Ramirez Pulido
Jury’s French Touch Award
After the sunDirector: Charlotte Wells
Louis Rodera Foundation Rising Star Award
For Zelda Samson Love according to Dalva
Leitz Cine Discovery Award for short film
Ice traderDirector: Joao Gonzalez
Song Foundation Award for Distribution
The story of cutting woodDirector: Mikko Myllylahti
Andres Ramirez Pulido, Director / Writer Pack
Canal + Award for Short Film
On the throne of XerxesDirector: Evi Kalogiropoulou