MEDIA-funded films win awards at Cannes 2019

Of the 20 MEDIA-supported films that screened at this year's Cannes Film Festival, three came away with prizes at its presitigous awards ceremony.

British actress Emily Beecham was awarded Best Actress for her turn in Little Joe, a mesmerising sci-fi about a genetically modified plant from Austria's Jessica Hausner. The film was produced by Austrian outfit Coop99 Filmproduktion, alongside British company The Bureau and Germany's Essential Filmproduktion, and received Sales Agent support through French company Coproduction Office. 

In a press interview after the ceremony Emily Beecham declared that Little Joe "was an unquestionably great project to be involved in" and noted that it came to her attention after producer Bertrand Faivre, who founded The Bureau, sent it her way. 

Antonio Banderas took home the Best Actor award for his performance in Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory. The film was supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme. 

Elsewhere, the Dardennes brothers were celebrated with the Best Director award for their film Young Ahmed. It is the seventh time they have received an award at Cannes, having twice won the Palme d'Or for L'enfant (2005) and Rosetta (1999). 

Korean thriller Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho took home the Palme d'Or, the second year running that an Asian film has been recognised with this award. Prior to that, a MEDIA-funded film won the prize three years in a row, with The Square, I, Daniel Blake and Dheepan declared winners. 

Image: Winner of Best Actress, Emily Beecham for Little Joe.