Cannes: French Comedy ‘Me Myself and Mum’ Tops Directors’ Fortnight

Clio Barnard's "The Selfish Giant" also wins prize in independent section at Cannes

The comedy “Me Myself and Mum” won the top award in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes on Friday.

The film from Guillaume Gallienne, a screen version of the French actor’s autobiographical stage show, also won the SACD Prize, which is given out by the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers to the top French-language film in the section.

The Europa Cinemas Label award for the best European film in the section was awarded to “The Selfish Giant,” the narrative feature debut from “The Arbor” director Clio Barnard. It was recently acquired by Sundance Selects.

Joao Nicolau’s “Gambozinos” (“A Wild Goose Chase”) received the Prix Illy du court metrage.

The prizes were chosen by separate juries consisting of independent cinema programmers, member exhibitors in the Europa Cinemas chain and a commission established by La SACD.

Other films in Directors’ Fortnight, an independent section that runs parallel with Cannes, included Ari Folman’s “The Congress,” Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “The Dance of Reality,” Yolande Moreau’s “Henri” and Marcel Ophuls’ “Un voyageur.”

The main Cannes awards, including the Palme d’Or, will be presented on Sunday.

The Directors' Fortnight awards:

Art Cinema Award: “Me Myself and Mum,” Guillaume Gallienne
Europa Cinemas Label award for Best European Film: “The Selfish Giant,” Clio Barnard
SACD Prize: “Me Myself and Mum”
   Special mention: “Tip Top”
Prix Illy du court metrage: “Gambozinos,” Joao Nicolau
   Special mention: “About a Month,” Andre Novais Oliveira