Cannes: ‘Salvo’ Wins Critics’ Week Grand Prize

John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s “Salvo” topped the Cannes Film Festival’s 52nd Critics’ Week, taking its Grand Prix and the France 4 Revelation Prize.

A star-crossed Mafia love tale, featuring the doomed romance between a mobster hitman and the sister of one of his victims, “Salvo” was one of five first features at Critics’ Week.

“Salvo” symbolizes the renaissance of Italian cinema, Critics’ Week topper Charles Tesson told Variety. “It’s neither an expose on the Mafia as is ‘Gomorrah’ nor a heavily-referenced genre film a la Quentin Tarantino. It mixes realism with film noir.”

Pic is produced by Italy’s Acaba Prods. and Cristaldi Pictures and co-produced by Gaul’s Mact Prods. and Cite Films. Bodega Films will distribute the film in France, Lucky Red will release it in Italy.

Canadian movie “Le demantelement,” a farming family drama helmed by Sebastian Pilote sold by eOne Films Intl., scooped the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers SACD Prize.

A launchpad for first and second-time directors, Critics’ Week has helped launch the careers, among others, of Olivier Assayas and, most recently, Rebecca Zlotowski, whose sophomore pic, “Grand Central,” played Un Certain Regard.


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