Cannes Film Festival Introduces New Documentary Award


The birth of cinema is forever linked to the very first documentary films and this year, over a century later, the Cannes Film Festival honours this historic role of documentaries by introducing a dedicated award for documentary films called the “Golden Eye” (L’Oeil d’or).

The L’Oeil d’or includes a prize of EUR 5.000 and will be awarded by a jury headed by legendary Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. The majority of films eligible for the award relate to famous actors, filmmakers or the history of the festival itself. Among those productions are Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words by Stig Björkman, Kent Jones‘s Hitchcock/Truffaut and documentaries about Orson Welles, Steve McQueen and Gérard Depardieu.

Further films to compete for the award are Amy, Asif Kapadia‘s biography of Amy Winehouse, OKA by Souleymane Cissé, Marcia Tambutti Allende’s portrait about the Allende family in Chile, as well as Roberto Minervini‘s The Other Side.

The L’Oeil d’or will be awarded on Saturday, 23 May 2015, at the Palais des Festivals.

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