Un Certain Regard winners: Cannes Film Festival 2022

The list of winners of the Un Certain Regard competition, which focuses on “artistically daring” arthouse films, was unveiled yesterday, May 27. Twenty films, including seven first feature films, which also compete for the Caméra d’Or, have been selected for this year’s competition. The first prize was awarded to a first French feature film directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, and the first Pakistani film presented at Cannes won the jury prize.

The jury for the Un Certain Regard competition was chaired by actress, director and producer Valeria Golino, and made up of director Debra Granik, actress Joanna Kulig, actor and singer Benjamin Biolay and actor and producer Edgar Ramírez.

The Un Certain Regard Prize was awarded to The worst (The worst), directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret. The film explores the challenges of casting amateur actors, namely children in this case. The film tells the story of a director and his film crew who travel to a working-class town in northern France, looking for “authentic” actors to play in their film. Residents are however surprised to find that the director has chosen “the worst” in their community. The two directors of The worstAkoka and Gueret have already worked in casting.

The jury prize was awarded to Saim Sadiq’s joyland. It is the first Pakistani film to premiere at Cannes and received a standing ovation at its premiere. joyland follows Haider, played by Ali Junejo, a seemingly married man whose life is turned upside down when he begins working as a backing dancer for trans performer Biba, played by Alina Khan. This is Sadiq’s first feature film.

Alexandru Belc wins the Un Certain Regard Best Director Award for his film Metronome. This coming-of-age drama, set in Bucharest in 1972, is also a feature debut and follows teenager Ana, played by Mara Bugaran, as she is confronted with the news that her boyfriend Sorin , played by Serban Lazarovici, is about to leave for Germany to escape the authoritarian Romanian communist government.

The Best Performance award was won jointly by Vicki Krieps and Adam Bessa.

Vicki Krieps received the Best Performance Award for her role in Marie Kreutzer Bodice. Krieps takes over the role of Sissi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Romy Schneider starred in the cult trilogy on the life of the Empress, which really launched her career). Kreutzer’s historical drama has been compared by some critics to that of Sofia Coppola Marie Antoinette (2006) in its use of anachronistic music for its soundtrack.

Adam Bessa also received the Best Performance award for his role in Lotfy Nathan’s Harka. Located in Tunisia, Harka, Nathan’s feature debut, tells the story of a young man struggling to support his family. Adam Bessa plays Ali who suddenly finds himself in charge of his two younger sisters after the death of his father.

The prize for best screenplay went to Maha Haj for Mediterranean fever. This is the second feature film by Palestinian writer-director Haj. Located in the Arab community of Haifa, Mediterranean fever tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Waleed, played by Amer Hlehel, who suffers from chronic depression, and his neighbor, Jalal, played by Ashraf Farah, a petty crook.

At Lola Quivoron’s Rodeo won the “Coup de Coeur” from the Un Certain Regard Jury. Located in the suburbs of Paris, Rodeo follows Julia, played by motorcycle enthusiast Julie Ledru. Unable to buy her own bike, she has to fall back on small things to live her passion. She soon encounters a group of bikers, but an accident jeopardizes her position within this male-dominated gang. This is Quivoron’s first fiction feature film.

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