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

Afghan film about child shepherds sweeps annual Cannes Film Festival sidebar

Last Updated: May 20, 2016 @ 1:11 PM

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


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