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Directors Fortnight 2016: ‘Wolf and Sheep’ Takes Top Prize

Afghan film about child shepherds sweeps annual Cannes Film Festival sidebar

Shahrbanoo Sada’s “Wolf and Sheep” took top prize at the annual Directors Fortnight sidebar, which runs concurrent to Cannes each year.

Sada’s Afghan drama, about a group of child shepherds lost in fantasy, was celebrated in addition to several categories from the SADC, or the French equivalent of the Writer’s Guild of America (read a full list of winners below).

Directors’ Fortnight, or Quinzaine des Realisateurs, is an independent section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival. The section was launched in 1969 as a more adventurous but non-competitive alternative to the main festival.

Recent films at Directors’ Fortnight included “Whiplash,” “Dope,” and the Oscar nominees “Embrace of the Serpent,” “Mustang,” “No,” “Ernest & Celestine” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”

The complete Directors Fortnight Winners 2016:

Art Cinema Award to a feature film
“Wolf & Sheep,” dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat

SACD Award to a French-language feature film
“The Together Project” (aka “L’Effet Aquatique”) dir. Solveig Anspach

SACD special mention
“Divines” dir. Houda Benyamina

The Europa Cinemas Label to a European feature film
“Mercenary” (aka “Mercenaire”) dir. Sacha Wolff

Illy Prize to a short film
“Chasse Royal” dirs. Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret

Illy special mention
“The Beast” (aka “Zvir”) dir. Miroslav Sikavica