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Cannes Awards: 'The Painting Sellers,' 'Of Gods and Men'

The Painting Sellers Juho Kuosmanem

Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen's Taulukauppiaat / The Painting Sellers (above) topped the Cinéfondation Awards at the 2010 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The Painting Sellers follows a trio of salespeople on the road and out of luck even though it's Christmastime. Worse yet, they have to come to terms with their budding friendship.

Runners-up were Vincent Cardona's Coucou-les-nuages / Anywhere Out of the World, followed by Vatche Boulghourjian's The Fifth Column tied with Dane Komljem's I Already Am Everything I Want to Have.

Cinéfondation was created in 1998 “to inspire and support the next generation of international filmmakers.”

Photo: Cannes Film Festival

Tournee On Tour Mathieu Amalric

Surprisingly, Mathieu Amalric's Tournée / On Tour, the tale of a French manager and his American burlesque performers touring France and one of the least liked films at this year's Official Competition for the Palme d'Or, bagged the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize for best film in the official line-up.

According to a statement made by FIPRESCI jury president Alin Tasciyan, this year the awards were handed out to “the future, new auteurs and masters.” That may explain Amalric's win, as he's best known for his work in front of the cameras, e.g., The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Kings and Queen.

FIPRESCI's Un Certain Regard award went to Hungarian filmmaker Agnes Kocsis' Pal Adrienn, about an obese nurse's search for her purported best friend at school.

According to the International Critics, the best debut in the Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week was that of Olivier Laxe's Todos vos sodes capitans.

Photo: Cannes Film Festival

Of Gods and Men Xavier Beauvois

The Ecumenical Jury at the 2010 edition of the Cannes Film Festival – as to be expected – awarded its top prize to Xavier Beauvois' Des hommes et des Dieux / Of Gods and Men (above).

Starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale, Of Gods and Men recounts the events that led to the horrific massacre of a group of Trappist monks in civil war-torn Algeria in the mid-'90s.

Ecumenical Special Mentions went to Mike Leigh's Another Year, starring Jim BroadBent and Ruth Sheen as an aging couple, and Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, in which an older woman starts to see life differently after she begins taking a poetry class.

Photo: Marie-Julie Maille / Armada Films/Why Not Productions

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