The 2023 Caméra d’or: who are the contenders?
Long-awaited and scrutinised by cinema professionals from around the world, the Caméra d’or is awarded annually to the best debut film from the Official Selection and two independent sections, the Semaine de la Critique and the Directors’ Fortnight. Check out the list of the 23 films in contention for the 2023 Caméra d’or.
FESTIVAL DE CANNES
This year, 10 debut films feature in the Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes. Among them:
- 1 film in Competition: Banel e Adama (Banel & Adama), the debut film from the Franco-Senegalese director Ramala-Toulaye SY and the only first film featuring in the highly prestigious In Competition section at the Festival de Cannes.
- 1 film Out of Competition: Omar la fraise (The King of Algiers), by Elias Belkeddar, a gangster film shot in Algeria and starring Reda Kateb and Benoît Magimel.
- 8 films in Un Certain Regard, a section of the Selection from which the two Caméra d’or winners from 2022 emerged: War Pony and Plan 75.
THE DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT
In 2021, the Croatian filmmaker Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic conquered the Croisette with Murina, selected for the Directors’ Fortnight and winner of the Caméra d’or.
In 2023, among the 20 feature films chosen by the Directors’ Fortnight, almost a third are debut films, six in total. They are:
SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE
This year, with its poster, the Semaine de la Critique is honouring young creation. The poster is in fact an image from Aftersun, the debut film from the director Charlotte Wells, which has been chosen to illustrate the event. BAFTA-award winner for Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Charlotte Wells was selected last year for the 61st Semaine de la Critique.
Check out the list of the seven debut films selected this year: