Samouni Road wins Best Documentary in Cannes
Stefano Savona's Samouni Road won the "Oeil d'or" Award for Best Documentary in Cannes 2018. Presented at the Directors' Fortnight, the film blends documentary and animation (curated by Simone Massi) to take account of the killing of 29 people, belonging to the same family, during the Operation Cast Lead conducted by the Israeli army in 2009.
The film will be released theatrically next fall thanks to Cineteca di Bologna. The jury's motivation reads: "For the intelligence and the right distance of the perspective, the sensitivity of the gaze, the brilliant and subtle use of animation, and the power of its narrative proposition. All these elements contribute to an exceptional closeness to those trapped in the unbearable reality of the Israeli-Palestianian conflict."
The Palm d'Or goes to Kore-eda Hirokazu's Shoplifters. Marcello Fonte wins Best Actor for his role in Matteo Garrone's Dogman, while Alice Rohrwacher wins Best Screenplay for her Happy as Lazzaro.
Gianni Zanasi returns to the Quinzaine des Realisateurs with Troppa Grazia, starring Alba Rohrwacher.
Director Lucia Bulgheroni is one of the winners of Cinéfondation, with her animation short Inanimate (a British production).
An ambiguous relationship, of psychological subjection and sudden episodes of rebellion. A lunar place, on the edge of civilization. A community closed in on itself and with its implicit rules of inclusion and exclusion. Dogman is Garrone’s fourth film competing at Cannes, where he has already won two Grand Prix (for Gomorra and Reality).