‘Lily,’ ‘Illegal’ top Directors’ Fortnight

Film duo win Art Cinema Award, SACD prize

“Lily Sometimes,” directed by France’s Fabienne Berthaud, and Belgian Olivier Masset-Depasse’s “Illegal” took top kudos at the 42nd Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

“Lily” won the Art Cinema Award, given by the CICAE Intl. Confederation of Art Cinemas, an arthouse association.

“Illegal” scooped the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers’ SACD Prize.

Re-teaming Berthaud with Diane Kruger, who toplined Berthaud’s debut “Frankie,” “Lily” is a two-hander with Kruger as a lawyer called on to take care of her fragile sis, played by Ludivine Sagnier.

Pic is produced by Bertrand Faivre for Le Bureau and sold by SND.

Sold at Cannes by Films Distribution, “Illegal” turns on a Russian woman, placed by Anne Coesens, unable to tell her 13-year-old son that she is suddenly being deported from Belgium.

With Italian Michelangelo Frammartino’s “Le Quattro volte” pulling down the Europa Cinemas Label, Directors’ Fortnight plaudits are unsurprisingly dominated by Europe.

The SACD Prize is limited to French-language pics, and new Directors’ Fortnight topper Frederic Boyer has declared he wants to open up the section to little-known films rather than other fest hits — 13 of Directors’ Fortnight’s 22 features are from Europe.

Awarded by French telco SFR to the most audacious short in Directors’ Fortnight, the SFR Prize was shared by “Cautare,” from Romania’s Ionut Piturescu, and U.S. short “Mary Last Seen,” by Sean Durkin. Kudos carry a 2,000 ($2,530) cash prize.

And the winners are:

“Lily Sometimes,” (Fabienne Berthaud, France)

“Illegal,” (Olivier Masset-Depasse, Belgium)

“Le quattro volte (Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy)

“Cautare,” (Ionut Piturescu, Romania) and “Mary Last Seen,” (Sean Durkin, U.S.).

Vuk, the canine in “Le quattro volte”