Mexican director Michel Franco was awarded the prize for Best Screenplay for his film Chronic at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film follows David, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, he develops strong and even intimate relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work David is ineffectual, awkward, and reserved. It is clear that he needs each patient as much as they need him.
In his acceptance speech Franco said that "The idea for this film emerged in Cannes three years ago, when I received a prize from Tim Roth. We talked about making a film together, and the result is Chronic."
Franco becomes the second Mexican filmmaker to win the prize for Best Screenplay at Cannes. Exactly a decade ago, Guillermo Arriaga was awarded the prize for his script of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, the American feature film directed by Tommy Lee Jones.