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Cannes 2012: After Lucia wins top prize of Un Certain Regard

  • Prize of Un Certain Regard: Despues de Lucia (Michel Franco)
  • Un Certain Regard Special Distinction: Dject (Aida Begic)
  • Un Certain Regard for Best Actress: Emilie Dequenne (A Perdre la Raison), Suzanne Clement (Laurence Anyways)
  • Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: Le Grand Soir (Gustave Kervern & Benoit Delepine)

(thanks to JennyL)

Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury gave its top prize on Saturday to Michel Franco’s After Lucia (Despues de Lucia) as the film festival headed into its final hours. Jury president Tim Roth chose the film from the 20-strong Un Certain Regard sidebar that was part of the official selection.

After Lucia is Mexican writer-director Franco’s second feature after Daniel & Ana, which premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2009. The disturbing film focuses on bullying and adolescence and follows a father and daughter who move to Mexico City for a fresh start only to find that the girl is bullied in her new high school. (THR)