Tiger Stripes: Debut Feature of Malaysian Director Amanda Nell Eu, Wins Grand Prize at Critics’ Week (Cannes Fest 2023)

Critics Week Honors Malaysian Film ‘Tiger Stripes’ with Grand Jury Prize

Tiger Stripes
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Tiger Stripes, the debut feature of Malaysian director Amanda Nell Eu, won the Grand Prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, the Cannes sidebar dedicated to first or second films.

The prize was awarded by a jury presided over by Audrey Diwan, the Venice prizewinning director of Happening.

The French Touch Jury Award went to Belgian director Paloma Sermon-Daï’s It’s Raining in the House, a film about adolescence.

The Revelation prize from the Louis Roederer Foundation was handed out to Jovan Ginic, the actor of Vladimir Perisic’s “Lost Country.”  The SACD prize, meanwhile, went to “The Rapture” by Iris Kaltenbäck.

Tiger Stripes tells the story of Zaffan, a girl of 12 who discovers a terrifying secret about her body. Ostracized by her community, Zaffan fights back, learning that in order to be free she must embrace the body she feared, ultimately emerging as a proud and strong woman.

Another film about youth, “It’s Raining in the House” is set in Belgium and follows 17-year-old Purdey and her younger brother Makenzy as they experience first love and fend for themselves.

Jovan Ginic, meanwhile, plays 15-year Stefan in “Lost Country,” which is set in Serbia in 1996 during the student demonstrations against the Milosevic regime. The story follows Stefan who has to confront his beloved mother, spokesperson and accomplice of the corrupted government that his friends are rising against. “Lost Country” is being sold by Memento International.

This 62nd edition closed with “La fille de son père,” Erwan le Duc’s anticipated follow up to his critically acclaimed debut “Perdrix.”

Besides Diwan, the jury included Portuguese cinematographer Rui Poças (“Tabu,” “Zama”); German actor, choreographer and dancer Franz Rogowski (“A Hidden Life”); Indian journalist, curator and Berlinale programming advisor Meenakshi Shedde; and Sundance programming director Kim Yutani.

Headed by Ava Cahen, Critics’ Week’s recent standouts include Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun, which won last year’s top prize and went on to earn an Oscar nomination for Paul Mescal.