Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cannes Winners

Last time I was here, the Cannes Film Festival was just starting up overseas. Well, obviously, we have a winner. Here's the full list of honored films from the festival.

Palme d'Or: The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke
Grand Prix: A Prophet by Jacques Audiard
Best Director: Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay
Jury Prize: Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold, Bakjwi by Park Chan-wook
Best Screenplay: Spring Fever by Lou Ye
Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsburg in Antichrist
Best Actor: Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alain Resnais
Short Film Palme d'Or: Arena by Joao Salivixa
Short Film - Special Distinction: The Six Dollar Fifty Man by Louis Sutherland
Prix Un Certain Regard: Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos
Un Certain Regard - Jury Prize: Police, Adjective
Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize: No One Knows About Persian Cats by Bahman Ghobadi, The Father of My Children by Mia Hansen-Love
Cinefondation: 1st prize - Baba by Zuzana Kirchnerova, 2nd prize - Goodbye by Fang, 3rd prize - Diploma by Yaelle Kayam, Don't Step Out of the House by Jo Sung-hee
Camera d'Or: Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton
Camera d'Or - Special Distinction: Ajami by Scandar Copti

The one that shocked me was Best Director going to Brillane Mendoza for Kinatay. Not to say I know anything about Mendoza's directorial skills. I definitely don't. But Kinatay was so severely panned by the press during Cannes that I really didn't think it stood a chance at winning anything. The acclaim may prove to add ammunition to some AMPAS campaigns next year. Specifically for The White Ribbon, A Prophet, and Christoph Waltz's much talked about performance in Tarantino's latest.


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