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Cannes Film Festival 2021: the TFL awards

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Cannes Film Festival 2021: the TFL awards

July 19, 2021

The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival came to an end with great pride from the TorinoFilmLab’s community. It’s always a pleasure to see our participants reaching these kinds of achievements. Which ones exactly? Keep reading.

First of all, we’d like to congratulate our alumna Julia Ducournau that brought home the Palme d'Or for her film Titane. She previously took part in La Semaine de la Critique with her debut the #TFLfilm RAW. Winner of the Grand Prix also Hytti Nro 6 directed by our alumnus Juho Kuosmanen and produced by Jussi Rantamäki - currently a FeatureLab participant.
Kuosmanen has been previously awarded in Cannes in 2016 for his #TFLfilm THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI.


Speaking of #TFLfilms, among the six feature films selected by the French festival we were glad to see half of them receiving recognition.

LA CIVIL (ScriptLab 2017) by Teodora Ana Mihai, selected among the Un Certain Regard titles was awarded the Courage Prize. The extremely well written film – as described by Cineuropa - tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a criminal cartel in Northern Mexico. As the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands and turns from housewife into avenging activist. The story was inspired by true events.

The film shot between November and December 2020 in Durango (Mexico) is produced by Menuetto (Belgium) in co-production with One For The Road (Belgium), Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium), Mobra Films (Romania) and Teorema (Mexico).


The most prestigious award of La Semaine de la Critique – the Nespresso prize – has been awarded to FEATHERS by Omar El Zohairy, which has been developed within ScriptLab in 2016 and FeatureLab in 2017.

The director's vision is determinedly singular in this endearing and well-crafted debut from a new talent to watch - as Cineuropa commented. The film focuses on a passive mother who dedicates her life to her husband and children. Stuck in daily, repetitive, mundane chores, she has made herself as little as she possibly could. When a magic trick goes wrong at her 4-year-old son's birthday party, an avalanche of coincidental absurdities befalls the family. The magician turns her husband, the authoritarian father, into a chicken.

The film is produced by Still Moving (France) in co-production with Film Clinic (Egypt), Kepler Film (The Netherlands) and Heretic Film (Greece).


Still, within La Semaine de la Critique, the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award has been given to the non-professional actress Sandra Melissa Torres for her magnetic performance – as referred to by Screen International - in AMPARO, by Simón Mesa Soto that took part in ScriptLab 2017.

AMPARO takes place in Columbia in 1998 where a single mother struggles to free her teenage son after he is drafted by the army and assigned to a war zone. She is thrown into a race against time in a society ruled by men, corruption and violence.

The film is produced by Ocúltimo (Colombia), Momento Film (Sweden) and Flare Film (Germany).


While for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section the winner film was A Chiara directed by our alumnus Jonas Carpignano, who has been already awarded in Cannes in 2017 for his #TFLfilm A CIAMBRA.

We can’t wait for all these amazing works to be screened in as many cinema theatres as possible, around the globe.