Press 23 MAY 2019

"Nuestras Madres" takes the SACD Award at Critics' Week

Wednesday 22 May saw the Awards ceremony for Cannes Critics' Week. writer/director Cesar Diaz took the SACD Prize for his debut Nuestras Madres.

The SACD Award is given to one of the seven feature films in competition. The winning author is awarded €5,000. The jury is made up of filmmakers that are members of the board of directors of the SACD (Authors Society).

Produced by Need Productions, Nuestras Madres is set in Guatemala in 2013. The country is living through the trials of the military leaders responsible for the civil war. Victims are queuing up to testify. Ernesto, a young anthropologist at the forensic anthropology foundation, works to identify the disappeared. One day, Ernesto discovers a clue in an old woman's statement that he thinks could help him track down his father, a guerilla who disappeared during the war. Against his mother's advice, he dives head first into the case in search of truth and resilience.

The film was made with funding from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel (development and production support), Proximus, Eurimages, the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde fund operated by the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée and the Institut Français, Inver Tax Shelter, the Belgian federal government's Tax Shelter and SACEM.

César Diaz was born in Guatemala in 1978. After studying in Mexico and Belgium, he joined the FEMIS screenwriting workshop in Paris. He has edited fiction and documentary films for over ten years. He has also directed short documentary films: Semillas de Cenizas, presented at about twenty international festivals, and Territorio Liberado, winner of the IMCINE prize in Mexico. Nuestras Madres is his first fictional feature film.

Vivarium by the Irish director Lorcan Finnegan, co-produced in Belgium by the Liège company Frakas Productions, took the Gan Foundation Award for distribution (€20.000 to support the distribution of the film in France).

The film tells the story of a young couple in search of a starter home who follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development.

Vivarium is an Irish, Belgian and Danish co-production with the support of Wallimage, Irish Film Board, Media, XYZ, Section 481, Casa Kafka Pictures, BeTv and the Danish Film Institute.Since its creation by the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma in 1962, Critics' Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, has dedicated itself to discovering young film talents and promoting their first and second feature films.

Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñarritu, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar Wai and, more recently, César Augusto Acevedo, Julia Ducournau, David R Mitchell, Santiago Mitre, Jeff Nichols and Rebecca Zlotowski were all revealed to the world at Critics' Week.