Mimosas has just won the Nespresso Grand Prize at the 55th Critics’ Week – the Cannes Film Festival sidebar devoted to first and second feature
The story follows a caravan escorting a dying sheikh across the Atlas Mountains to fulfil his dying wish.
France-born, Spain-based Laxe won the €15,000 ($17,000) prize, which has previously been awarded to Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noe and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu among others.
The film, which was shot in Morocco and took part in Qumra 2016, is Laxe’s second film after You Are All Captains, which screened in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010, winning the FIPRESCI prize
Mimosas is a Spain-Morocco-France-Qatar co-production and is sold by Luxbox.
Albüm, from Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, won the France 4 Visionary Award, which rewards “outstanding creativity and innovation”.
The black comedy centres on an Antalya-based couple who fake a pregnancy to keep their future adoption a secret.
The Turkey-France-Romania co-production was developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.