Postcard from Cannes #6: Victory is sweet

While the spotlight continues to shine on the winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, RFI takes a look at the many other films given prizes in the different parallel categories, such as Un Certain Regard.

The Cannes Film Festival's official selection is made up of numerous categories - notably Un Certain Regard, which also handed out its own prizes at the festival on Friday night.

There were 18 films in the running, including 8 first films, with Canadian director Xavier Dolan as Jury President.

The overall winner was Black Dog, by Chinese director Guan Hu. It tells the story of a man who returns to his home town after a spell in prison. While working for the local dog patrol team to clear the town of stray dogs before the Olympic Games, he strikes up an unlikely connection with a black dog.

The Jury Prize went to French migrant drama set in Paris, L'Histoire de Souleymane by Boris Lojkine, with his leading man Abou Sangaré grabbing the prize for Best Actor.

The Best Director award went to two films from Un Certain Regard: Roberto Minervini's The Damned - set in the United States during the Civil War.

It shared the prize with Zambian director Rungano Nyoni for her family drama On Becoming a Guinea Fowl.

A special mention went to Tawfik Alzaidi for Norah, the youth award to French director Louise Courvoisier's Holy Cow.

The annual Citizens Award went to Andrea Arnold's Bird, starring Barry Keoghan as a young dad in working-class England.

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