Chinese Film ‘Black Dog’ Takes Top Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize

Chinese director Hu Guan’s drama Black Dog won the top Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize on Friday evening.

Set on the edge of the Gobi desert in Northwest China, the drama revolves around a man who returns to his hometown after being released from jail.

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The Jury Prize went to Boris Lojkine’s Paris-set, asylum-seeker tale The Story Of Souleymane.

It follows titular asylum-seeker Souleymane as he cycles around Paris delivering food, rehearsing his asylum application interview in his head. The appointment will be key to obtaining the papers he needs, but Souleymane is not ready.

Best Director went to in ex aequo to Roberto Minervini for U.S. civil war drama The Damned and Rungano Nyoni for On Becoming a Guinea Fowl.

Best Actress went to Anasuya Sengupta in Bulgarian director Konstantin Bojanov’s India-set drama The Shameless, and Best Actor to Abou Sangare for his performance in The Story Of Souleymane.

In other prizes, French director Louise Courvoisier won the Youth Prize for Holy Cow, while Tawfik Alzaidi, who made history as the first Saudi director to have a film in Cannes Official Selection, was feted with a Special Mention for Norah.

This year’s jury was presided over by Canadian actor, director, screenwriter and producer Xavier Dolan, who was joined by French-Senegalese screenwriter and director Maïmouna Doucouré, Moroccan director, screenwriter and producer Asmae El Moudir, German-Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps, and American film critic, director, and writer Todd McCarthy.

The 2024 Un Certain Regard selection consisted of 18 films, including eight first films.

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