The 41st Critics' Week Grand Prix was announced Friday evening, May 24, awarded to "Respiro" by Emanuele Crialese.
"Respiro" is the second film by Italian director Emanuele Crialese ("Once We Were Strangers," 1999). The Grand Prix comes along with €23,000 of theater advertising spots offered by Mediavision to the film's French distributor. "Respiro" is a Franco-Italian co-production (Fandango Films and Les Films de la Tournelle); international sales of the film are handled by Roissy Films.
- The Grand Rail d’Or went to "Filles Perdues, Cheveux Gras" by Claude Duty.
- The Petit Rail d’Or and the Canal+ Award for Best Short Film were awarded to "De Mesmer, Con Amor O Te Para Dos," by Mexicans Salvador Aguirre and Alejandro Lubezki.
- And finally, the Swedish short film, "Mote Med Ondskan," won the Youth Critics' Prize.