Monday, May 25, 2009

NEWS: Cannes Film Festival Awards...

The 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, and while I wasn't and probably will never be able to get out to the world renowned festival, many of the films that earn awards get huge buzz over in the states, even if it's only for Best Foriegn Film at our award shows. Well, the festival has issued it's awards, and at the top, there is a big surprise.

Palme d'Or (Golden Palm):
The White Ribbon directed by Michael Haneke

Grand Prize (Runner Up):
Un Prophète (A Prophet) directed by Jacques Audiard

Special Jury Prize:
Alain Resnais director of Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)

Best Director:
Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay

Best Screenplay:
Feng Mei for Lou Ye's Spring Fever

Jury Prize:
Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold
Thirst directed by Park Chan-wook

Camera d'Or (First-Time Filmmaker):
Samson and Delilah directed by Warwick Thornton

Best Leading Actor:
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

Best Leading Actress:
Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist

Un Certain Regard Prize:
Dogtooth (Kynodntas) directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Jury Prize:
Police, Adjective (Politist, Adjectiv) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

Special Jury Prize:
No One Knows About Persian Cats directed by Bahman Ghobadi
Father of My Children (Le Père de mes Enfants) directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

Congrats to controversial film maker Michael Haneke for his win, and in particular Charlotte Gainsbourg and Christoph Waltz for their big wins in best leading actor and actress. Can't wait to check these films out!

Go see something good!

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