While the big Cannes Film Festival awards get handed out this weekend, Take Shelter, the Jeff Nichols-directed Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain drama, took the Grand Prix Nespresso, the top prize at Cannes Critics Week. Sony Pictures Classics bought the film before it screened at Sundance, and based on the Cannes buzz, they were smart to pounce before everybody saw the finished product. The Belgian film The Giants won the Art Cinema Award and the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers’ SACA Prize, while the Austrian film Breathing was named top European film in Directors’ Fortnight.
CANNES: ‘Take Shelter’ Wins Critics Week Prize, ‘The Giants’ And ‘Breathing’ Win Directors’ Fortnight
By MIKE FLEMING JR | Friday May 20, 2011 @ 12:20pm PDTTags: Cannes, Cannes Film Festival, Directors' Fortnight, Jeff Nichols, Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
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