American director Jeff Nichols' indie genre film Take Shelter has been voted best film in the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week program, and South Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel earned a special mention for his story of home-grown horror, Snowtown, in the prizes announced overnight.
Take Shelter blends CGI and an indie aesthetic to tell the story of a rural husband/father's efforts to maintain a grip on his sanity, after he is overwhelmed by visions of impending catastrophy. The film stars Michael Shannon and Cannes' it girl Jessica Chastain (who also stars in Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or contender The Tree Of Life). Take Shelter premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and scheduled to be released in Australia by Sony Pictures later this year.
Kurzel's Snowtown (pictured) earned a Special Mention by the President of Critics' Week, Lee Chang-Dong, for its gruelling account of the relationships between the perpetrators of Australia's worst serial killings. Snowtown first premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in February and had its international premiere at Cannes.
Lee Chang-Dong was joined on the main jury by Scott Foundas, Nick James, Sergio Wolf and Cristina Piccino.
Click here to watch an interview with Take Shelter actress Jessica Chastain.
Click here to watch an interview with the makers of Snowtown.