Cinema Novo (pictured), the feature-length film by Brazilian director Eryk Rocha won the L'Œil d'or (The Golden Eye) Award for Best Documentary Film at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, it was announced today.
Cinema Novo, directed by the son of legendary Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha, is a poetic essay film that investigates the most important movement of Latin America cinema, through the thoughts of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Rocha, Leon Hirszman, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Ruy Guerra, Walter Lima Jr., Paulo César Saraceni, among others. The film premiered as part of the Cannes Classics section of the festival.
The L'Œil d'or Award, presented by the Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia in partnership with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel consists of a cash prize of €5,000. With only two editions, the award has been presented twice to Latin American documentaries as the winner of the award in its maiden year was the Chilean film Allende mi abuelo Allende / Beyond My Grandfather Allende by Marcia Tambutti.
The 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival comes to a close tomorrow, May 22.