WASHINGTON: As the Cannes Film Festival nears its conclusion on Saturday night, sidebar Critics' Week handed out its awards this evening, with Andres Ramirez Pulido's La Jauria winning the Grand Prize.
As this is Pulido's first feature, the film is also eligible for the Camera d'Or, which will be announced on Saturday during the festival's main closing ceremony.
According to Deadline, La Jauria won two awards at Critics' Week tonight, including the SACD Prize.
The plot revolves around Eli, a country boy who is imprisoned in a Colombian tropical forest experimental minors' centre for a crime he committed with his friend El Mono. Every day, the teenagers engage in physically demanding manual labour as well as intensive group therapy. El Mono arrives at the same centre one day, bringing with him a past that Eli is trying to forget.
As reported by Deadline, the film is "a very special film" with "a finely calibrated mix of recognisable social realism and dystopian weirdness." Charlotte Wells' Aftersun (review here), starring Paul Mescal, and Emmanuelle Nicot's Love According To Dalva (review here) for young star Zelda Samson both received nominations tonight.
Prizes of the Jury
La Jauria, dir: Andres Ramirez Pulido
French Touch Prize of the Jury
Aftersun, dir: Charlotte Wells
Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award
Zelda Samson for Love According To Dalva
Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film
Ice Merchants, dir: Joao Gonzalez
Gan Foundation Award for Distribution
The Woodcutter Story, dir: Mikko Myllylahti
Andres Ramirez Pulido, director/writer of La Jauria
Canal+ Award for Short Film
On Xerxes' Throne, dir: Evi Kalogiropoulou