The Selfish Giant wins Cannes Europa Cinemas Label



Cannes, May 24 2013:  the UK’s THE SELFISH GIANT, directed by Clio Barnard has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the network. 2013 marks the tenth time the Label has been awarded in Cannes.

THE SELFISH GIANT will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.

The jury issued the following statement: “THE SELFISH GIANT was a unanimous decision for us. A supremely well judged film – delicate, powerfully emotional, and brilliantly acted with remarkable editing and photography. It is a tough subject but there is hope in this moving story of the friendship between two boys. A very successful contemporary update of the Oscar Wilde fairy story, we feel that that this film will be especially useful for engaging younger audiences – a worthy winner of the Label, therefore.”

Sold internationally by Protagonist Pictures, Clio Barnard is both the director and the screenwriter. Tracy O’Riordan produced the film with Katherine Butler and Lizzie Francke as Executive Producers. The film is a BFI and Film4 presentation of a Moonspun Films production.

Mike Eley is the Director of Photography; Sound Design is by Tim Barker; the Editor is Nick Fenton, and Production Designer Helen Scott. Story development is by Lila Rawlings. The cast includes Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine Ashbourne, Ian Burfield, Steve Evets and Siobhan Finneran.

The Europa Cinemas jury consisted of four network exhibitors: Alice Black - Dundee Contemporary Arts (UK); Koyo Yamashita - Image Forum-Tokyo (Japan); Rafael Maestro - Ciné Passion en Périgord – St. Astier (France) and Petar Mitric - EuroCinema – Subotica (Serbia).

The Label is also awarded in Berlin, Venice, Karlovy Vary, and, as recently announced, will be awarded for the first time this year at Locarno.  Recipients of the Label honoured at Cannes in the past include: Breathing, 12:08 East of Bucharest, La Pivellina, Le Quattro Volte and The Repentant.