Colombian Short “Leidi” won Palme d’Or at Cannes

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The film tells the story of a girl in Medellin (Photo Archive)

The short film ‘Leidi’ Colombian Mesa Simon Soto won Saturday the Golden Palm for Best Short Film at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The filmmaker said his intention was to tell the story of a little girl from a small view. “In their history are condensed many aspects of my country and Latin America as a whole (…) I tried to be as fine and subtle that I could,” he said after receiving the award in Cannes.
‘Leidi (15 minutes) can be the story of any teenager in a depressed area of ​​the country. Have a newborn baby, lives with her mother and they have told her boyfriend walking with another girl. It was late in the exploration of this character, even before I left for London, “he said.
Mesa Soto, 28, studied at the London Film School. His film was selected among the 3000 450 from 128 countries who applied for the contest. The Palme d’Or at the caption of the film was attributed by a jury chaired this year the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, 73, winner of the Palme d’Or in 1997 for “The Taste of Cherry”.
The film is the final work of film studies, which assessed as surreal by the fact of being in the Cannes Film Festival, and also has resulted rewarded. .
While “Aissa” (France) Trehin Clément-Lalanne and “Vi Elsker Ja” (Yes love, Norway) Hallvar Witzo received special mention by the jury.