Shawn Baker’s “Red Rocket” won a pair of awards at the 47th Devil American Film Festival, including “Blue Wind”, “Down with the King”, “Pleasure” and “John and the Hole” at the closing ceremony. Michael Shannon, who was previously in Duvali with “99 Homes” and “Tech Shelter”, received the honorary talent award from French helmer Bertrand Bonello, who sat on the jury during the ceremony.
“Red Rocket” stars Simon Rex as a retired porn star who has returned to her hometown of Texas where no one is interested in seeing her back. The movie, which premiered at the World Cannes Competition, won the Jury Prize (shared with Ninja Thiberg’s “Pleasure”) and the Critics’ Prize. Both Baker and Rex were in DeVille’s hands to receive the award. Baker said there were fewer and fewer filmmakers to direct indie films in the United States “The franchise and the series will always be there but let’s make movies,” Baker said on stage. He joined Rex who said he was struggling to get an audition when Baker called him to give him the part.
The jury award was shared by Ninja Thiberg’s “Pleasure” in which Sophia Capel played a Swedish girl who moved to Los Angeles to enter the adult film industry.
Diego Ongaro’s “Down with the King” has already won a grand prize. The film stars American papier Freddie Gibbs as Money Mark, a famous, Jet Zed papar who moved to a small town farming community to find himself. Ongaro, who was there to receive his award, said he almost quit filmmaking after struggling to raise money for “Down with the King” and was queuing up for a few jobs in construction and cemetery before directing the movie.
This year’s jury, chaired by Charlotte Gainsbourg, included French actor Denis Podalides, novelist Philippe Lefin Vegan, actor Fatou N Diaye, Garen Marillier, director Michael Hars, musician Sebastian and screenwriter Marcia Romano.
Other awards went to Pascual Sister’s upcoming psychological thriller “John and the Hole”, which won the Louis Rowder Award of the Revolution Jury. The movie was previously part of Cannes 2020’s official selection. It follows a child who has his family trapped underground. The Revelation Jury was chaired by French actor Clemenceau Poissy.
“Blue Wind”, directed by Justin Chan and starring Alicia Vikander, won the City of DeVille award. The photo, which opened in Cannes on Un Cuserten Reader, follows a Korean-American man raised in Louisiana Bio who discovers that he may be deported.
As previously announced, Vincent Mauel Cardona’s featured debut “Les Magnets” won the D’Arno-Valenti Award for Best French Film. The movie opened at Cannes Directors Frontnight.