Prize for Dardenne brothers ‘Le Jeune Ahmed’

The Belgian film directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have taken the prize for the best director for their film ‘Le Jeune Ahmed’ (Young Ahmed) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Walloon brothers’ latest film tells the story of 13-year-old Ahmed as he is torn between the strict religious views conveyed to him by his imam and the temptation of life in a modern western society.

The Dardenne brother have previously won two Golden Palms at the festival for their films Rosetta and L’Enfant. This year’s Golden Palm was won by the South Korean film Parasite by the film-maker Bong Joon Ho.    

Le Jeune Ahmed will go on general release on Wednesday. The film tells the story of a Muslim teenager that is indoctrinated into fundamentalist Islam by a radical imam.

There was also a prize for another film Nuestras Madres by César Díaz. He took the  Caméra d’Or for best debut film as a director. A Franco-Belgian coproduction Altlantique.