Cannes 2015: ‘Rams,’ ‘The High Sun’ among Un Certain Regard winners

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The first winners from the Cannes Film Festival have been revealed.

According to Deadline, the jury for Un Certain Regard, led by Isabella Rossellini, have awarded its top prize to Rams. The film, directed by Grímur Hákonarson, is set in a remote Icelandic valley and the comedy centers on two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years, but who must come together in order to save their prized sheeps.

This is the second year that an animal-themed film has won the award with the Swedish film featuring dogs, White God, winning last year.

The High Sun, directed by Dalibor Matanić, took the jury prize. The film follows three different love stories set in three consecutive decades, in two neighboring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa won Best Director for his film, Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi). The Japanese ghost story centers on a piano teacher whose husband suddenly returns after dying at sea three years earlier.

Corneliu Porumboiu’s film, Treasure, was awarded the Un Certain Regard Talent Prize. Porumboiu won the 2009 Jury Prize in the section for thriller Police, Adjective and this time out zeroes in on a literal and figurative hunt for buried treasure with comedic results. The first trailer for the film was released last week.

While Rossellini led the jury, it was also made up of Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour; Greek director Panos H. Koutras; Lebanese actress/director Nadine Labaki; and French actor Tahar Rahim.

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