Stopped on Track: Andreas Fresen Wins Top Certain Regard Award

Andreas Dresen’s Stopped on Track and Kim Ki-duk Arirang shared Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Prize Saturday, the section’s top awards

The tie for the top honor, for which the Emir Kusturica-led jury had to seek authorization from Cannes Festival authorities, prizes two highly different films.

Stopped on Track, Dresen’s realistically detailed chronicle of a dying’s man’s last few months and his wife’s attempts to cope, is an emotionally touching film.

Starring Milan Peschel and Steffi Kuhnert, it was likened by some critics to the films of Mike Leigh in its extensive use of improvisation and non-pro actors – even real-life medics – in secondary roles.

Disucssing this year’s Un Certain Regard after Saturday’s prize announcements, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux said the section was “Almost reaching my goal” of having “two film publishing houses with two kinds of collections.”  Un Certain Regard is “not second league but really different. Many of its films could have played Competition,” he added.