AWARDS / DINNER
For the fourth Cannes edition of Women in Motion, official partner Kering and the Festival de Cannes presented the Women in Motion Award to filmmaker Patty Jenkins.
The Young Talent Prize was awarded to a promising personality, along with €50,000 as financial support for a future film project. Among a selection of films, the actress, producer and director, Salma Hayek Pinault, chose that of Catalan director Carla Simón.
The two Prizes were presented by François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, Delegate General of the Festival de Cannes, on May 13th 2018 during the official dinner.
Patty Jenkins is a writer and director, best known for directing Warner Bros. Wonder Woman, her debut Oscar-winning feature Monster and helming the pilot and finale episode of AMC’s The Killing. She began her career in painting after studying at Cooper Union. While there, she crossed over to filmmaking and went on to work as a cameraperson on commercials and music videos for 9 years before attending the AFI Los Angeles. After graduating, Jenkins wrote and directed Monster, for which she garnered numerous awards and nominations. She also received multiple Emmy nominations and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing, for her work in television.
In 2017, Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was the highest grossing film of the summer, 3rd highest of the year, broke the record for Biggest Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman – in the US and worldwide – and became the first woman in history to helm a film with a budget over 100 million dollars. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim, currently ranked at the highest rated Superhero movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. Coming off the success of the first installment, she signed on to direct the Wonder Woman sequel, which is currently in pre-production. Additionally, she recently wrapped production on her TNT, six-episode, limited drama One Day She’ll Darken, on which she directs and serves as executive producer.
In 2017, Carla Simón presented her first feature film Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) that was shot in just six weeks and was instantly hailed by critics. An autobiographical and naturalistic film produced by Inicia Films and Avalon, it tells the story of a six-year-old girl who has just lost her mother to AIDS and leaves to live with her uncle, aunt and cousin in the countryside. Filmed from the child's point of view, this emotional film won more than 30 prizes all over the world and represented Spain at the 2018 Oscars. Presented at the Berlinale 2017, it won the prize for Best First Film and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury. It was also lauded at the Spanish Malaga Film Festival, where it received the Biznaga de Oro prize for Best Spanish Film. A few months later, the film won over the Jury de Cannes Ecran Junior and was awarded prize during the 70th edition of the Festival.
Carla Simón has also made numerous short films including Born Positive, Lipstick and Those Little Things, all selected to appear in international festivals. In 2016, her latest short film Lacuna was as very personal cinematographic project based on letters written by her mother. Along with preparing her second feature film, Carla Simón teaches young cinema students at the Cinema en Curs, ESCAC and Pompeu Fabra University.