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The Queer Palm is an independently sponsored prize for selected LGBT-relevant films entered into the Cannes Film Festival. The award was founded in 2010 by journalist Franck Finance-Madureira. It is sponsored by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, filmmakers of Jeanne and the Perfect Guy, The Adventures of Felix, Crustacés et Coquillages, and L’Arbre et la forêt.
The award recognizes a film for its treatment of LGBT themes and gleans from among those films nominated or entered under Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, International Critics’ Week, Directors’ Fortnight and the ACID section.
Along with Berlin’s Teddy Award and Venice’s Queer Lion, the Queer Palm is a major international film award dedicated specifically for LGBT cinema.
The jury of the 9th queer palm will be chaired by French Producer Sylvie Pialat. The first winner of the Queer Palm was Gregg Araki’s Kaboom in 2010. Other winners have included BPM (Beats per Minute), Carol, Stranger by the Lake and Laurence Anyways.
Here are the films and selections competing for this year’s Queer Palm.
Official selection – In Competition
Plaire Aimer Et Courir Vite (Sorry Angel), Christophe Honoré
Knife + Heart, Yann Gonzalez
Official selection – Midnight
Whitney, Kevin Macdonald
Official selection – Un Certain Regard
Girl, Lukas Dhont
Euphoria, Valeria Golino
El Angel, Luis Ortega
Rafiki (Friend), Wanuri Kahiu
Border, Ali Abassi
Die Stropers (The Harvesters), Etienne Kallos
Carmen y Lola, Arantxa Echevarria
Diamantino, Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
Wild, Camille Vidal-naquet
Shéhérazade, Jean-Bernard Marlin
L’amour debout (Love Standing), Michael Dacheux
Cassandro the Exotico!, Marie Losier