“Bonne Mère” by Hafsia Herzi is one of the winners in the Un Certain Regard category, for which the Grand Prix for Russian Drama “Les Poings déserrés” was awarded. The wonderful film “Lamb” and his fable was also honoured.
Un Certain Regard 2021, le full list
There were 20 feature films (including 7 firsts) in the starting line, and the jury led by Andrea Arnold kept only 6 films. With surprises on several levels, given that the much-acclaimed Onoda, Un monde, and The Innocents missed the charts dominated by Russian drama The Loose Fists of Kira Kovalenko, which seemed to make less noise. And because there are casting awards, courage and originality among the rewards.
Thanks to the Casting Prize, Hafsia Herzi becomes the only French actress among the winners thanks to Bonne Mère, while The Strange Lamb wins the Originality and La Civil in Courage, with this true story of “ a woman who takes matters into her own hands and weapons in hand to save her daughter, who is kidnapped gang in northern Mexico. The composition echoes Noche de Fuego, a special reference, as girls run the risk of being kidnapped in the country.
Lamb and La Civil can also hope to win another trophy by the end of the festival, as they both compete for the Camera d’Or, which rewards the best feature film, all sections combined, during the closing ceremony.
Between family stories, political notes, and a few touches of genre, the jury chaired by Andrea Arnold created different genres of cinema and, perhaps unintentionally, established continuity. Because in 2019, Nadine Labaki’s jury awarded the Director’s Award to A Big Girl written by Kantemir Balagov, co-screenwriter of سوفwichka, the first feature film of her compatriot Kira Kovalenko, 2016.
“Bonne Mère” won the acting award, and it will be released on July 21 in our theaters.