Karim Aïnouz’s The Invisible Life Of Eurídice Gusmão has won the top prize of Un Certain Regard in Cannes and earned the first major award for a Brazilian film in official selection in 50 years.
The Un Certain Regard Jury led by Nadine Labaki announced Aïnouz’s seventh film as the winner on Friday evening (24). It chronicles the efforts of two sisters to define themselves in the machista culture of 1950s Brazil.
Glauber Rocha was the last Brazilian award-winner in Cannes when he collected best director for his 1969 Competition selection Antonio Das Mortes.
This year’s Un Certain Regard jury prize went to Fire Will Come by Oliver Laxe. The prize for best performance went to Chiara Mastroianni for Christophe Honoré’s On A Magical Night, and the best director award went to Kantemir Balagov for Beanpole.
The special jury prize has gone to Liberté by Albert Serra, while Monia Chokri’s A Brother’s Love and Michael Angelo Covino’s The Climb shared the jury coup de coeur award. Earlier in the day Sony Pictures Classics said it had acquired most of the world on The Climb. Bruno Dumont’s Joan Of Arc earned a special mention.
“The Jury would like to express the great pleasure we had diving into the diversity of this selection,” the panel said in a statement. “This on many levels: on the subjects, on the way cinematic tools were used and on the portrayal of its characters. It was very stimulating to have seen, side by side, filmmakers that master their language so well and others still finding their way to mastery. It was a nice surprise to see 9 first features in the Un Certain Regard Official Selection. We were honored to be transported into all these different universes. World cinema remains very much alive and in good shape!”