Film starring 'Ronaldo' wins Cannes prize

CANNES • Prolific striker Cristiano Ronaldo has scored yet another assist but this time off the pitch.

A wacky comedy that features a superstar player bearing a striking resemblance to the Real Madrid hotshot has won the best film prize in the Critics' Week section at Cannes.

Diamantino follows a preening Portuguese hero whose life falls apart when he misses a penalty in a World Cup final.

Critics at the world's top film festival had cheered the debut feature by Portuguese-American duo Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, which has sub-plots about the Panama Papers and gay adoption.

The Panama Papers are leaked documents revealing financial information about wealthy individuals and public officials that had previously been kept private.

In the movie that is a hilarious cross between John Waters, Pedro Almodovar and Monty Python films, the Ronaldo character is tormented by images of gigantic pink Pekingese lapdogs as he bears down on goal.

Critics' Week, where directors' first and second films are screened, is one of the three main selections at Cannes.

The movies chosen this year were seen as particularly strong. A frank yet haunting portrait of a French male prostitute, Sauvage, won its director Camille Vidal-Naquet the section's rising star award.

Woman At War, a crowd-pleasing Icelandic tale of a female eco action hero, won Benedikt Erlingsson and Olafur Egill Egilsson the best script prize.

The movie, about a middle-aged choir director who sabotages the island's electricity network to save its pristine highlands, has been called the most feminist film at the festival even though it was written by men.

Cannes' top prize, the Palme d'Or, will be announced tomorrow.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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