‘Gabriel and the Mountain’ and ‘Makala’ Score Cannes Critics’ Week Awards

Filmmakers Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa and Emmanuel Gras have won the two top awards as part of Cannes Critics’ Week competition, a sidebar event that spotlights new filmmakers.

Emmanuel’s second feature documentary Makala, about a Congolese man who works in charcoal production, won the Nespresso Grand Prize and Fellipe’s second feature, Gabriel and the Mountains, about a young man on a global journey that takes him to Malawi, earned the Visionary prize.

Of the 11 Cannes Critics’ Week films that screened in 2017, six were from first-time directors and five were from second-time directors.

Fellipe has earned major awards in recent years for his debut feature Casa Grande (2014) and the short Salt Kiss (2014) – notably Casa Grande scored a swag of major awards in Brazil that year, such as at Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo film festivals.