The L’Œil d’or Documentary Award was created in 2015 by LaScam (French-speaking authors’society) and its President, Julie Bertuccelli, in collaboration with the Cannes Festival and its General Delegate Thierry Frémaux, with the support of INA (French National Audiovisual Institute) and Audiens.
It will be awarded to a documentary screened in one of the Cannes Festival categories (Official Selection, Competition, Un Certain Regard, Hors compétition & Séances de Minuit, Séances Spéciales, Short Films, Cannes Classics, Directors’Fortnight, Semaine de la critique).
“Right now, what can we share? Stories
”, said our beloved and dearly departed Agnès Varda, winner of the Œil d’Or in 2017 with JR for their Visages-Villages (Faces-Places). The Œil d’Or honours stories from around the world which year after year have let us experience the life of a Chilean president, gems from Brazilian cinema, and even the harsh saga of a Palestinian family. The winning films hold up a mirror to the many brilliant faces of the multifaceted, major art form that is the documentary. It recalls the free and curious gaze of filmmakers grappling with the reality of the world they observe, experience, dream, immortalize and never cease to interrogate with compassion, humour, love, anger and doubts, to better understand it, guide it and even hope to improve it. What tale will touch the jury’s heart this year from among these films gathered in Cannes from around the world? Whichever wins, it promises an extraordinary journey through space and time.
Agnès was right. It is above all a story of sharing. I would so have loved her to be here to share it with us.
Julie Bertuccelli, author, film director, president of LaScam
LaScam – Société civile des auteurs multimedia – is the French-speaking society for documentary authors. LaScam brings together over 49 000 authors and directors of documentaries, reports and magazines on television, radio and the Web in France, Belgium and French-speaking Canada. It also supports many festivals and conducts important cultural activities (grants, prizes…)