Director Guillaume Gallienne took home two awards from the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival for his comedy Me Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Guillaume, a table).
Gallienne was honored with the Art Cinema Award, the top prize of the night, as well as the Society of Authors and Composers SACD prize.
Adapting Gallienne’s own solo stage show, Me Myself and Mum turns on his recreation of a childhood overshadowed by his dear maman who assumes, like seemingly everybody else, that he’s gay. Gallienne plays himself as a child and schoolboy as well as limning his mother. Diane Kruger co-stars as a strict health-spa nurse.
Serge Bozon’s comedy-thriller Tip Top also received a special mention by the SACD jury. Prize for best European film in Directors’ Fortnight went to The Selfish Giant, the narrative debut of Clio Barnard.
Tip Top, an adaptation of Bill James’ novel, stars Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain as detectives investigating the murder of an informant.
The Selfish Giant, a very loose adaptation of the Oscar Wilde fairy tale, was acquired after its premiere for North America by Sundance Selects.
Opening with Ari Folman’s The Congress, Directors’ Fortnight closed Friday with Yolande Moureau’s Henri.