The 2012 Cannes Film Festival has announced winners of its Un Certain Regard and Cinefondation sections with Russia and Mexico receiving the top awards.
Mexican director Michel Franco’s After Lucia
won the first prize of the Un Certain Regard section while Doroga Na
by Russia’s Taisia Igumentseva topped the 15th Cinefondation section.
Un Certain Regard is the sidebar competition section of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival which focuses on new and emerging filmmakers.
The jury led by British actor Tim Roth gave the second prize to Le Grand Soir
by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern of France. A special distinction citation was granted to Bosnian Children of Sarajevo
The second Cinefondation award went to NYU student Matthew James Reilly for his film Abigail
, while Miguel Angel Moulet of EICTV in Cuba won the third prize for The Hosts
Winners were chosen by a jury headed by director Jean-Pierre Dardenne and were awarded during a ceremony held at Bunuel Theatre.
More than 1,700 films were submitted to Cinefondation this year, from which 15 films from 14 countries were selected to compete.
Twenty-two films compete for prizes of the 2012 Cannes main competition section. Winners will be announced on Sunday.