Swedish director Ninja Thyberg is the winner of this year’s annual Women in Motion Young Talent Award, given by the Kering Group and the Cannes Film Festival to a director who stands out for the first time.
Thyberg is honored for directing several short films and a feature film, all of which center on the theme of “sexuality as a prism for visualizing passion in society,” the award organizers said in a statement.
In 2013, the short film “Pleasure” by Thyberg was presented in the Semaine de la Critique section of Cannes. The short then expanded to his first feature of the same title which was chosen in the official selection of Cannes in 2020 and then screened in 2021 at Sundance, and also received the jury prize in 2021 at Deauville.
“‘Pleasure’ brings the world of sleazy, compulsive porn out of the closet in a way few movies have,” wrote Variety criticizes Owen Gleiberman in his review. “It’s a brave thing, and what makes it work is that Ninja Thyberg, revealing the instincts of a true filmmaker, uses her characters to uncover the things she tells us,” he said. he noted.
The prize, which comes with financial support of €50,000 ($51,900) for Thyberg’s next film project, will be presented to her at the official Women In Motion dinner in Cannes on May 22.
As is now tradition, the previous winner of the prize, Australian director Shannon Murphy, has chosen her successor.
“I am very honored to have been chosen to receive this award by last year’s recipient, Shannon Murphy,” said Thyberg.
“Creating ‘Pleasure’ was a difficult but incredibly rewarding process and I’m thrilled it’s now available to everyone. I was so proud when it was accepted at Cannes in 2020, and how the film didn’t could not be played because of the pandemic, this award is particularly meaningful to me,” she added.
At the ceremony, actress and producer Viola Davis will receive the Women In Motion Award. The two awards will be presented by François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, Pierre Lescure, outgoing president of the Cannes festival, and festival director Thierry Frémaux.