In the wake of glowing reviews following its world premiere on May 17, French director Jeremy Clapin’s feature debut I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps) has been crowned with the Nespresso Grand prize, the top award at the 58th annual Cannes Critics’ Week sidebar.

Clapin’s film about a severed hand on a quest to return to its body has been hailed for its visual poetry and existential themes. I Lost My Body was the only animated selection out of seven features in competition in this particular section.

The jury that awarded Clapin’s film was comprised of Oscar-nominated Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, French-British actress Amira Casar, Danish producer Marianne Slot, Belgian-Congolese journalist Dija Mambu and Italian director Jonas Carpignano. In addition to the prize, Nespresso will award 15,000 euros to Clapin.

I Lost My Body was produced by Xilam Animation. Charades is handling international sales. No U.S. distributor has been announced yet.

Take a look at the new English teaser for I Lost My Body:

The film will next screen in competition at the Annecy animation festival in June.

You can learn more about this buzzy film in Cartoon Brew’s interview with Clapin and producer Marc du Pontavice.

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