Eye For Film: Streaming Spotlight: Cannes Camera d’Or . winner

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The Cannes Film Festival will roll out the red carpet in its 75th edition next week – and you can see lots of coverage from us. The festival has long been a place where big films and stars can go and make a splash – with this year’s out-of-competition line-up including Top Gun: Maverick. But far from A-list photo scrums and established directors, there are new names and talents who are also getting the chance to come forward. We previously highlighted some of the Cannes Palme d’Or winners available to stream, and you can read a selection of them – with the latest info on where to watch them – here. This week, we turn our attention to the winners of the Camera d’Or – and some of the Special Award runners-up. This award goes to the first films – although student films don’t count, which explains Jim Jarmusch’s presence below – and celebrates new talent, with some of the winners, as you can see, making serious names for themselves.

godNetflix – Camera d’Or 2016 Winner

Houda Benyamina brings a similar energy to her life in the Paris banlieue with Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood. Benyamina’s story follows Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) and her best friend Maimouna (Déborah Lukumuena) as they try to stay on top in this difficult environment. Buoyed by the couple’s youthful energy spanning a beautiful fantasy flight in which they imagine they lived big in a Ferrari, this film has infectious rebellion even if, like many debuts, it feels like there’s just too much of it. Benyamina is currently in pre-production for her next film, Toutes Por Une (All For One), which reimagines the Three Musketeers as women – which sounds like cause for excitement.

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Beast of the Southern WildsAmazon, Apple TV – Camera d’Or 2012 Winner

Beast of the Southern Wilds

Beast of the Southern Wilds

One of Sundance’s most inventive debuts in years, Benh Zeitlin’s film came to Cannes with the festival’s Grand Jury prize and was later nominated for four Oscars. The film is a riot of imagination, focusing on the adventures of the realist prodigy little Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis in the role that would propel her to stardom) in the backwaters (and ups) of the Louisiana bayou, with her highly unlikely father, Wink (Dwight Henry) and the off-the-beaten-track community. other kilters. It is a dynamic journey into the imagination of children, where anything is possible and a warm celebration of humanity that combines myth with the wonders of the natural environment to brilliant effect.

StarvingAmazon – Camera d’Or Winner of 2008

Starving

Starving

Steve McQueen’s intense debut feature chronicles the final days of starving IRA assailant Bobby Sands in Northern Ireland’s Maze prison, but also extends to examine the scene and events that took place within the infamous H-Block of Long Nesh prison in the early eighties. Featuring Michael Fassbender’s excellent performance in a central role, as he moves from fanatic to male shadow as he succumbs to hunger, the script by Enda Walsh finds time to consider Sands’ containment structure as well as the humans themselves. Shot with an eye for brutal beauty by Sean Bobbit, the impeccable craftsmanship doesn’t overshadow complex portraits of the time period and Sands himself. As McQueen said at the time: “For me it’s not about left and right, it’s always been about you and me, in the sense of who we are as human beings.”

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ControlAmazon Freevee and other platforms – Special Mention in 2007

Control

Control

Director Anton Corbijn started his career in music photography, so he’s a perfect fit for consideration of the short life of Joy Division star Ian Curtis (Sam Riley), which is based on the memoirs of Curtis’ widow, Deborah. Riley plays flawlessly as the troubled star, while the cast actually sings the songs rather than just mimicking adding to a sense of raw realism. Beautifully framed, as you might expect with a behind-the-camera photographer, with black and white stock adding to the intensity, it’s an emotionally vivid revival of Curtis’ life that also features a magnetic supporting performance of Samantha Morton as Deborah. It lost to Etgar Karet’s Jellyfish for Camera d’Or but arguably won critical and audience battles afterward.

JapanMUBI – Special Mention of 2002

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Japan Photo: Criteria Collection

An unnamed man (Alejandro Ferretis) finds refuge with an elderly widow (Magdalene Flores) in a mountain village in Carlos Reygadas’ debut film, who lost in the Camera d’Or to Julie Lopes-Curval’s Seaside. Like all subsequent Reygadas films, its plot is the second of the nuances of it – although it has become much more complex, some might say, too, since. In its first feature, there is a calm for contemplation which, in this case, is a meditative consideration of the human condition and the importance of connection that celebrates the vulnerability and fortitude of the emotional and natural landscape.

Atanarjuat, Fast RunnerApple TV – Camera d’Or Winner 2001

Atanarjuat, Fast Runner

Atanarjuat, Fast Runner

Inuk director Zacharias Kunuk had made other films before this story, which was rooted in Inuit myth, but it was the first film to be made in the Inuit Inuktitut language and brought it to international fame. The critical heat it has received has undoubtedly helped many Indigenous directors who have followed have their voices heard more easily. The story of the fierce feud of two generations, centered on a love triangle between Atanarjuat (Natar Ungalaaq), Oki (Peter Henry Arnatsiaq), and Oki’s fiancé (Sylvia Ivalu). Kunuk creates a complex yet immersive and vibrant depiction of Inuit life – characterized by stunning snowy cinematography and haunting scores – that also explores how their fairy tales teach young people the importance of placing the welfare of the group above their own personal desires.

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Stranger Than HeavenAmazon – Camera d’Or in 1984

Stranger Than Heaven

Stranger Than Heaven

Anton Bitel wrote: In Jim Jarmusch’s second feature, petty conman and aspiring New York hipster Willie (John Lurie) worries that his cousin Eva (Eszter Balint), on a sudden visit from Budapest, will cramp his style – but as Willie, his partner in crime Eddie (Richard Edson) and Eva hangs out together in the city, and then interstate, Eva outshines and outwits the two boys at every turn, exposing the boring loser behind their carefully constructed, barely convincing. Shot in striking monochrome by Tom DiCillo, the low-budget minimalist Stranger Than Paradise lets its characters level through the off-season scenarios. Here it takes outsiders to reveal the rootless alienation of alleged insiders, and to understand (as they never had) the American Dream in the Land of Opportunity.

We’re headed to the Palme d’Or short for our short film blast this week, and Norman McLaren’s delightful Blinkity Blank – a lovely little watch for the whole family.

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