Patricio Guzmán’s The Cordillera of Dreams / La cordillera de los sueños, the latest and final installment in his Chilean trilogy, has received the Golden Eye Award (L'Œil d'or, le prix du documentaire) for best documentary film at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The jury presided by French director Yolande Zauberman decided to share the top prize with Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts’s film For Sama.
The Golden Eye Award was created in 2015 and is presented to the best documentary in any of the sections of the Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight, International Critics' Week and Cannes Classics). Launched by the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM - Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia) and its president Julie Bertuccelli, the prize is awarded in partnership with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel and with the support of Cannes Film Festival and its General Delegate Thierry Frémaux. The prize consists of €5,000 and the winners are automatically eligible for Oscar submission in the Best Documentary category.
Since its launching five years ago, the award has been won by two other Latin American films: Beyond My Grandfather Allende / Allende mi abuelo Allende by Marcia Tambutti Allende from Chile, and Cinema Novo by Eryk Rocha from Brazil.