Cannes winners

Sorry but there’s no photopost this time -I know I’m being lazy, but I have to start studying for my finals (sounds like a poor excuse, but it’s not)! There’s plenty of great reports and pics around the Web, such as here at Empire Online, and also here at Variety. Moving onto to the list of winners then!

Official Competition
Palme d’Or
Entre les Murs (The Class), directed by Laurent Cantet, France

Grand Prix
Gomorrah, directed by Matteo Garrone, Italy

Special Prizes of the 61st Cannes Festival
Catherine Deneuve (Un Conte de Noël) and Clint Eastwood (The Changeling)

Director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Three Monkeys, Turkey/France/Italy

Jury Prize
Il Divo, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

Actor
Benicio Del Toro for Che, Spain/France

Actress
Sandra Corveloni for Linha de passe, Brazil/France

Screenplay
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le Silence de Lorna (Lorna’s Silence) Belgium/France/Italy/Germany

Un Certain Regard
Main Prize
Tulpan, directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy, Germany

Jury Prize
Tokyo Sonata, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

Heart Throb Jury Prize
Cloud 9, directed by Andreas Dresen, Germany

The Knockout of Un Certain Regard
Tyson, directed by James Toback, U.S.

The Prize of Hope
Johnny Mad Dog, directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, France

Others
Caméra d’Or
Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, U.K.

Special Mention
Everybody Dies But Me, direected by Valeria Gai Germanika, Russia

Cinefondation Awards
Anthem, directed by Elad Keidan, Israel (first prize)
Forbach, directed by Claire Burger, France (second prize)
Stop, directed by Park Jae-ok, South Korea tied with Roadmarkers, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, Finland (third prize)

Fipresci Awards
Delta, directed by Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary/Germany (competition)
Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, U.K. (Un Certain Regard)
Eldorado, directed by Bouli Lanners, Belgium/France (Directors’ Fortnight)

Ecumenical Award
Adoration by Atom Egoyan, Canada/France

Short Films Competition
Palme d’Or
Megatron, directed by Marian Crisan, Romania

Special Mention
Jerrycan, directed by Julius Avery, Australia

I’m sooooooo proud the jury went for a French film.
What, me, biased? Never. I’m sure it’s very well-deserved hehe.
No, seriously, it’s a great and unexpected pick. I think it was screened on the last day of the festival, so it came as a bit of a surprise. Ah well, I’m just happy it’s French, mwhahahahahaahahahha! *evil laugh*
I can’t wait to see it.
Loads of French and Italian productions on the winners’ list; Italy, especially, seems to have done very well for itself, with Gomorrah taking the ‘second’ prize after the Palme (Grand Prix), and Il Divo taking another prestigious award, the Jury Prize. The other winners were sort of expected, although I thought the acting prize was going to be Angelina Jolie’s, but maybe she’s too much of a ‘big name’ to get a Cannes prize.
It’s also nice to see Hunger getting recognised (Caméra d’Or); it’s the Cannes film I’m most eagerly anticipating because it’s related to what I’m studying -it tells the story of MP Bobby Sands, who died in 1981 after a hunger strike at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Irish history isn’t easy to depict, especially since Sands has become a bit of a martyr for the republican cause, but I heard this one’s particularly outstanding.

Errrm, by the way, I apologise for the lack of updates for the past three months (holy moly). I’ve seen plenty of films that I can’t wait to review, but I simply haven’t had the time to write them. And of course there’s the magnificient new trailer for the Dark Knight which I’ve been meaning to comment for ages… Ah well, I’ll try to post more when I’m back in France.
Last thing: it has just been announced that the great Sydney Pollack has passed away, aged 73. What a terrible loss. My condolences to his family and friends -his films will remain with us.

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