Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Winner Amongst Films Completed with DaVinci Resolve

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Manchester, United Kingdom – Blackmagic Design has today announced that Compartment No. 6 (Hytti nro 6) was amongst the films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to be graded on DaVinci Resolve.

Joint winner of the Grand Prix accolade alongside Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero, Compartment No.6 is an adaptation of Rosa Liksom’s 2011 novel, directed by Juho Kuosmanen and lensed by cinematographer J-P Passi.

Shot on Kodak 500T Color Negative Film, the feature tells the story of a young Finnish woman who takes the train from Moscow to visit an archaeological site in the Arctic Circle. Forced to share a compartment with a stranger, the chance encounter gradually brings together two people at odds with one another.

Compartment No. 6 colorist, Sandra Klass reveals, “The director, DP and myself, talked a great deal about the intended look before grading began. We liked the early scans, over saturated, with different mixed colour sources. We wanted to create the rich film feel of the 90’s, the period where the film is set.

“Shooting on a dark train at night, we had shadow areas that were slightly underexposed,” explains Klass. “Inevitably, some expressions were lost in those scenes. So, I tracked windows onto faces and lit them up. However, this created digital noise over the existing film grain.

“With the software, I was able to add selective noise reduction, which left some of the grain, so it looked natural with the rest of the frame, but otherwise hid the large push up in exposure.

“I am a huge fan of the secondary saturation, hue and luminance controls in DaVinci Resolve. Simple tools that allow for subtle changes,” concludes Klass. “In this film, I’d often use them to take away some of the harsher lighting without making the frame look unnatural.”

The films shown at Cannes graded with DaVinci Resolve included:


Main Competition

  • “Benedetta” colored by Serge Anthony / M141
  • “Bergman Island” colored by Peter Bernaers / The Post Republic and Studio L’Equipe
  • “Everything Went fine” colored by Richard Deusy / M141
  • “Flag Day” colored by Stefan Sonnenfeld / Company 3
  • “Hytti nro 6” colored by Sandra Klass
  • “Red Rocket” colored by Alastor Arnold / Fotokem
  • “The Divide” colored by Christophe Bousquet / M141
  • “The French Dispatch” colored by Gareth Spensley / Molinaire
  • “The Restless” colored by Veerle Zeelmaekers / Studio L’Equipe

Un Certain Regard

  • “Blue Bayou” colored by Tom Poole / Company 3
  • “Gaey Wa’r” colored by Junkun Sheng / Cutting Edge Pictures
  • “Good Mother” colored by Elie Akoka / M141 and won the Un Certain Regard Ensemble Prize
  • “Lamb” colored by Eggert Baldvinsson / TrickShot and won the Un Certain Regard Prize of Originality
  • “Onoda” colored by Gadiel Bendelac / Micro Climat Studios
  • “The Innocents” colored by Emil Eriksson / Zentropa

International Critics’ Week

  • “Anaïs in Love“ colored by Serge Antony / M141
  • “Olga” colored by Charles Freville / Micro Climat Studios
  • “Softie” colored by Yov Moor / Micro Climat Studios
  • “Une jeune fille qui va bien“ colored by Richard Deusy / M141
  • “Zero Fucks Given“ colored by Loup Brenta / Cobalt Films

Special Screenings

  • “Bigger than us” colored by Richard Deusy / Lumières Numériques and Poly-Son
  • “Mi Iubita Mon Amour“, colored by Vincent Amor / Poly-Son
  • “The Crusade” colored by Richard Deusy / Poly-Son

Short Film

  • “Lili Alone” colored by Yov Moor / Poly-Son
  • “Soldat Noir“ colored by Charles Fréville / Poly-Son

Out of Competition

  • “Bloody Oranges” colored by Gadiel Bendelac / Micro Climat Studios
  • “Stillwater” colored by Tom Poole / Company 3

Midnight Screenings

  • “Suprêmes“ colored by Mathieu Caplanne / Poly-Son
  • “Tralala” colored by Yov Moor / M141

Cannes Premiere

  • “Hold me tight” colored by Richard Deusy / Poly-Son
  • Cinema de la Plage
  • “Tom Medina” colored by Yov Moor / Poly-Son

Director’s Fortnight

  • “A Brighter Tomorrow“ colored by Christophe Bousquet / Poly-Son
  • “Between the Waves“ colored by Laurent Ripoll / Poly-Son
  • “Clara Sola” colored by Peter Bernaers / Studio L’Equipe
  • “Our Men” colored by Peter Bernaers / Cobalt Films
  • “Returning to Reims” by Amine Berrada / Micro Climat Studios
  • “The Sea Ahead” colored by Peter Bernaers / Cobalt Films


  • “Down with the King“ colored by Alex Berman / Goldcrest Post NY
  • “Soy Libre” colored by Loup Brenta / Cobalt Films