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Awards

Aspen Shortsfest

2000 Won
The Ellen
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)
Tied with When the Day Breaks (1999).

Cannes Film Festival

1992 Nominated
Palme d'Or
Hyènes (1992)

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

2000 Won
Adult's Jury Award
Short Film or Video - Live-Action
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)

Chicago International Film Festival

1992 Won
Special Jury Prize
Special Jury Award
Hyènes (1992)

Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival

2000 Won
Best Short
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)

Moscow International Film Festival

1973 Won
Diploma
Touki Bouki (1973)
Won
FIPRESCI Prize
Touki Bouki (1973)
Nominated
Golden Prize
Touki Bouki (1973)

Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film

1999 Won
Jury Special Prize
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)
Won
Procirep Award
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)
Nominated
Golden Bayard
Best Film (Meilleur Film Francophone)
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)

Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival

1999 Won
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award
La petite vendeuse de soleil (1999)

The jury regards this film as a metaphor for autonomy, a metaphor for the power and the courage to ... More

The jury regards this film as a metaphor for autonomy, a metaphor for the power and the courage to take one's life in one's own hands. Laconic scenes put side by side, seemingly disjointed, depicting a certain environment - in an authentic, aesthetic manner, but never playing down, never brightening up. Stylistically, this film manages an odd jump from quiet naturalism to poetic courage. And this is where the last words of the film are directed to: This story is thrown into the sea. Who breathes it first will come to paradise.


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