César Díaz wins the Caméra d’Or for his debut film Nuestras Madres (Our Mothers).

The award for the best first film was awarded by the Jury headed by Cambodian director Rithy Panh. The Caméra d'Or adds up to two other prizes which were given to Nuestras Madres earlier during the festival: the SACD (Authors Society) prize, and the Grand Rail d’Or.

Entirely filmed in Guatemala, with a crew from Guatemala, Mexico, France and Belgium, Nuestras Madres (Our Mothers) is set in the aftermath of Guatemala’s civil war. Ernesto (Armando Espitia), a young anthropologist works at the forensic foundation. One day, through an old lady’s testimony, he thinks he found a lead that will allow him to find his father, a guerrillero disappeared during the war.

The Belgo-Guatemalan director César Díaz started working in the industry as second editor assistant on this year's President of the Jury, Alejandro Gonzaléz Iñarritu’s debut Amores Perros(2000), also awarded in Cannes. Iñarritu is the first latinamerican filmmaker to head the Jury in the festival’s history.

Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) is produced by Géraldine Sprimont (Need Productions, Belgium) and Delphine Schmit (Perspective Films, France), and co-produced with Cine Concepcion (Guatemala). Following Girl by Lukas Dhont in 2018, it is thus the second year in a row that a Belgian production wins the Caméra d’Or.

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