French filmmaker Jeremy Clapin has won the Nespresso Grand Prize, at the 58th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, for his debut feature J’ai perdu mon corps (I Lost My Body).
Thrice featured on S/W, with short films Une histoire vertébrale, Skhizein and Palmipédarium, Clapin’s tale of an amputated hand trying to return to its body is the first Animated feature to win the top prize at Critics’ Week since its launch in 1962.
As big fans of Jeremy’s work, we couldn’t be happier to hear of his success. You can catch I Lost My Body at Annecy in June and check out the trailer below.
Alongside Clapin’s feature, the 2019 Cannes Film Festival plays host to a handful of other new works from directors we’ve featured on S/W:
Lorcan Finnegan (Foxes) also took his latest feature Vivarium to Critics’ Week. The story of a couple looking for the perfect home, who find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses, won the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution.
Michael Covino’s feature length version of hugely popular saddle-based short The Climb plays in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival
Also featured in the Un Certain Regard selection is Annie Silverstein’s Bull. Last seen on our site with Noc na Tanečku (Night at the Dance) – a profile of the last days of a Czech dance hall in rural Texas – Silverstein’s narrative feature follows the friendship of an aging bullfighter and a wayward teen.
UK Filmmaker Moin Hussain has also taken his latest film to this year’s Cannes. Naptha, Hussain’s follow-up to lingering Horror Real Gods Require Blood, is a Sci-fi inspired short that touches on themes on immigration as its central protagonist struggles to look after his aging father, as he insists on returning back home.