The Icelandic/French comedy The Together Project has won the SACD Prize, which is given annually to a French-language film in the Directors Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is directed by the late writer/director Sólveig Anspach, and this marks the second year in a row that a film with Icelandic ties has been honoured at Cannes. Last year, Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams won the Un Certain Regard Prize.
The Together Project received a standing ovation after its world premiere at Cannes, and follows the story of Samir, who travels from his native France to Iceland to make up with his swimming instructor, Agathe, whom he’s madly in love with. When an electric shock leaves him with amnesia, how can he make up for what he can’t remember?
The Together Project was directed by Sólveig Anspach and written by Anspach and Jean-Luc Gaget. It was produced by Skúli Malmquist for Zik Zak Filmworks and Patrick Sobelman for Ex Nihilo. The film stars Florence Loiret Caille and Samir Guesmi, with the Icelandic actors Didda Jónsdóttir, Frosti Jón Runólfsson, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson and Kristbjörg Kjeld playing supporting roles. International sales are handled by Le Pacte.
This is the third film by Sólveig Anspach to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. In 2001, her French documentary Made in the USA was also selected for Directors’ Fortnight, where it won the François Chalais Prize. In 2003, her Icelandic/French/Belgian feature Stormy Weatherwas selected for the Un Certain Regard section.