More Cannes Awards Go to ‘120 Beats Per Minute,’ ‘Visages, Villages’ – and a Poodle

Awards include FIPRESCI, the Golden Eye Documentary Prizes, the Ecumenical Jury awards and the Palme Dog

Last Updated: May 28, 2017 @ 3:05 AM

“120 Beats Per Minute,” “Visages, Villages” and the poodle from “The Meyerowitz Stories” are among the winners in various Cannes Film Festival Awards, which are handed out in the run-up to the big prizes that will be bestowed on Sunday at the conclusion of the festival.

FIPRESCI prizes, which are given out by the International Federation of Film Critics, go to the films deemed best in Cannes main competition, in the Un Certain Regard section and in the Directors’ Fortnight or International Critics’ Week sidebars.

Robin Campillo’s “120 Beats Per Minute” won the FIPRESCI award for the main competition, while Kantemir Balagov’s “Closeness” (“Tesnota”) was the choice in the Un Certain Regard competition and Pedro Pinho’s “The Nothing Factory” (“A Fabrica de Nada”) won the award for Directors’ Fortnight or Critic’ Week.

Jurors were Alissa Simon, Thomas Adian, Rodrigo Fonseca, Barbara Lorey de Lacharriere, Vidyashankar Jois, Pierre Pageau, Eva Peydro, Silvana Silvestri and Mode Steinkjer.

“Visages, Villages,” a collaboration between legendary French director Agnes Varda and JR, took the Golden Eye Documentary Prize, which was open to nonfiction films from all sections of the festival. The jury, which considered more than 20 docs, consisted of actress Sandrine Bonnaire, documentary filmmakers Lucy Walker and Dror Moreh, festival programmer Thom Powers and critic Lorenzo Codelli.

This is the third year in which a documentary award has been given out at Cannes, which is stepping up the once-scant attention it paid to nonfiction filmmaking.

An honorable mention went to Emmanuel Gras’ “Makala.”

The Ecumenical Jury, a faith-based panel that gives its award to a film that reveals “the mysterious depths of human beings,” gave its top award to Naomi Kawase for “Radiance.”

In the Palme Dog, a partly tongue-in-cheek competition to recognize the best canine performance at the festival, the winner was Bruno, the poodle from Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” The Jury Prize went to a dog from the Critics’ Week entry “Eva,” with a special mention to Cannes’ own bomb-sniffing dogs, part of the festival’s biggest-ever security force.

TheWrap previously covered the awards in the Un Certain Regard section, which was topped by Mohammed Rasoulof’s “Lerd”; Directors’ Fortnight, which awarded “The Rider”; and Critics’ Week, which gave its top prize to “Makala.”

The Palme d’Or, the Camera d’Or and other main-competition awards will be handed out on Sunday evening.

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