Cannes Film Festival: The worst win the Un Certain Regard award | News Arts and Culture

The French film won the first prize in the arthouse section, while Joyland, the very first Pakistani participation in Cannes, won the jury prize.

A film set in the working-class suburb of Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France has won first prize in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes film festival Friday.

The Worst, directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, explores the challenges of street casting, telling the reaction of a community to the arrival of a film crew.

“I hope that this film, beyond the reviews, will be read as a tribute to cinematographic creation because sometimes it allows those who are not often heard to speak,” said Gueret.

Deadline described the film, with “thought-provoking and at times darkly funny” events, as “a fascinating look at the filmmaking experience”.

Meanwhile, Joyland, a Saim Sadiq film that seeks to break gender stereotypes in Pakistan, the country’s first entry to the Cannes Film Festival, won the jury prize.

Joyland tells the story of the youngest son of a patriarchal family who is expected to have a baby boy with his wife but joins a dance theater and falls in love with the director of the troupe, a transgender woman.

“To have a Pakistani film for the first time in Cannes – a story that is relevant to Pakistan, that is produced by Pakistanis, where the main cast and crew are from that country, really shows the progress that this generation of filmmakers has made. . made,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker and two-time Oscar winner in the Best Documentary Short category, told Al Jazeera this week.

“I think Saim’s film at Cannes will open the floodgates for many filmmakers who will now realize the possibility of creating films that can shine on the international stage.”

Un Certain Regard is a competition focused on arthouse films that runs alongside the main competition, the Palme d’Or, which will be announced on Saturday.

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