The winners of the Un Certain Regard prizes at the 69th Cannes Film Festival have been announced. Juno Kuosmanen’s THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI took the top prize. The film concerns the titular Finnish boxing champs true story of his 1962 fight against American featherweight champ Davey Moore. “Thank you for your weird taste in cinema,” said Kuosmanen upon receiving the award.
A full list of winners is below, including the Jury Prize for Japanese director Koji Fukada for HARMONIUM and Best Director Matt Ross’ CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, starring Viggo Mortensen. The delightful looking Studio Ghibli production THE RED TURTLE won a Special Jury Prize, and it was wonderful to see the French-Japanese animated film receive such a high honour.
IndieWire also reports that competition favourite TONI ERDMANN, a Germany comedy from Maren Ade, took the Competition Prize when the critics’ Fipresci Prizes were announced. The top prizes will be announced at Cannes on the evening of 22 May 2016. Check back here for details.
Un Certain Regard Prize: Juho Kuosmanen, THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI
Jury Prize: Koji Fukada, HARMONIUM
Best Director: Matt Ross, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Best Screenplay: Delphine and Muriel Coulin, THE STOPOVER
Special Jury Prize: Michael Dudok de Wit, THE RED TURTLE