Hispanic Filmmakers Win Big in Cannes

Hispanic filmmakers won three of the top awards at Cannes this year. Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas took home the top directing award for his experimental feature Post Tenebras Lux. Mexican director Michel Franco was named the best film of the Un Certain Regard section of the festival for his drama Despues de Lucia. And Chilean director Pablo Larrian won the top prize at the Directors Fortnight for his film No.

Fox New Latino described director Carlos Reygadas' film:
"Post Tenebras Lux" is a complicated tale, very beautiful in its formal aspect but which demands much of the viewer, since it gives no clues for understanding a very unconventional plot.

The Wrap described Michel Franco's Un Certain Regard win:
"Despues de Lucia," a drama from Mexican director Michel Franco, was named the best film of Cannes' Un Certain Regard section at a ceremony on Saturday night. The film deals with a young woman and her father who move to a new town, leaving their old lives behind.

Un Certain Regard was launched at Cannes in 1978 by Gilles Jacob. It typically programs more experimental films than the main competition, often by young directors, and is considered a stop along the way to inclusion in the main section.

The Wrap also covered Pablo Larrian's win at the Directors Fortnight:
The Directors Fortnight section at Cannes has said yes to "No," Chilean director's Pablo Larrian's look at the referendum that ended Pinochet's reign in that country. On Friday, the film won the top prize at the Directors Fortnight, a section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival.

Earlier this week, Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to the film, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as an ad man working on the campaign to persuade votes to give Pinochet a no vote.