The category is part of the Official Selection and this year is presided over by Pablo Trapero responsible for films such as Mundo Grúa (1999), El Bonaerense (2002), Leonera (2008), Carancho (2010), and Elefante Blanco (2012). The last British film to win in this category was Jasmin Dizdar's Beautiful People in 1999. The poster this year is of from a photogram of Marcello Mastroianni of La Dolce Vita fame, taken from Federico Fellini's 8½, which was presented in the Official Selection at Cannes in 1963. The picture was chosen by Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappie to celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures.
There have been a few shouts in the last 24 hours over at Empire, in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Screendaily, Cineuropa, Hollywood Reporter, CNN, The Connexion and Variety so far, with another mention in a conversation with the Cannes Delegate General and Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux for Variety with Elsa Keslassy.
It has been privilege to be a part of and to learn from so many amazing people, without whom the film wouldn't have reached this point. I'm very much looking forward to seeing it out in the wild!