Cannes 2012: ‘No’ Wins Top Prize at Directors Fortnight

Chilean film "No," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, is among prize-winners in Cannes' Directors Fortnight section

The Directors Fortnight section at Cannes has said yes to "No," Chilean director's Pablo Larrian's look at the referendum that ended Pinochet's reign in that country. On Friday, the film won the top prize at the Directors Fortnight, a section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival.

<a href=Gael Garcia Bernal” src=” garcia bernal_No.jpg” style=”width: 300px; height: 210px; margin: 15px; float: left;” title=”” />Earlier this week, Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to the film, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as an ad man working on the campaign to persuade votes to give Pinochet a no vote.

Other winners include Merzak Allouache's "El taaib" and Noemie Lvovsky's "Camille redouble."

Directors Fortnight awards a variety of prizes sponsored by different groups.

Other films in this year's competition included Michel Gondry's "The We and I," Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" and Rodney Ascher's "Room 237."

The awards:

Art Cinema Award: "No," Pablo Larrain
Europa Cinemas: "El taaib" ("Le Repenti"), Merzak Allouache
Prix SACD 2012: "Camille redouble" ("Camille Rewinds"), Noemie Lvovsky
Premier Prix Illy for Short Filmmaking: "The Curse," Fyzal Boulifa
Special mention: "Os vivos tambem choram" ("The Living Also Cry"), Basil da Cunha