Karim Aïnouz Becomes the Third Latin American Director to Win Cannes' Un Certain Regard

Karim Aïnouz, Michel Franco, and Rodrigo García.

Karim Aïnouz, Michel Franco, and Rodrigo García.

Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz became yesterday the third Latin American filmmaker to win the top prize for best film at the Un Certain Regard competition in the history of the Cannes Film Festival. The two other Latin American winners are Colombian director Rodrigo García for his debut feature, the American drama Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her starring Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz in 2000, and Mexican director Michel Franco for After Lucía / Después de Lucía in 2012.

In addition to García, Franco, and Aïnouz, other Latin American filmmakers have also been awarded at Un Certain Regard. In 2000, Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington received a Special Mention for Me You Them / Eu Tu Eles. In 2004, Uruguayan directors Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll were presented with the Original Award for their film Whisky, and in 2006 Mexican actor Ángel Tavira was presented with the Best Actor Award for his work in Francisco Vargas The Violin / El violín.

In the last decade, the Peruvian film October / Octubre by Daniel and Diego Vega were the winners of the Jury Prize in the 2010 edition of Un Certain Regard. That same year, Argentinean Adela Sánchez, Eva Bianco, and Victoria Raposo were the winners of the Best Actress Award for The Lips / Los Labios directed by Iván Fund and Santiago Loza.

In 2013, Spanish-born Mexican director Diego Quemada-Diez was presented with Best Ensemble Cast Award for his debut feature The Golden Cage / La jaula de oro, and a year later Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado received the Special Prize for their documentary film The Salt of the Earth on Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.

In 2017, Franco was awarded again with the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard for the Mexican film April's Daughter / Las hijas de Abril, and last year the Brazilian film The Dead and the Others / Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora were the winners of the Jury Prize.

The Un Certain Regard sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival was launched in 1978 by the then president of the festival Gilles Jacob. The section was non-competitive until 1998 when the Prix Un Certain Regard was introduced, and since 2005, the prize consists of €30,000.