Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Women to Watch: Anna Różalska of Match&Spark Management Women to Watch: Anna Różalska of Match&Spark Management Women to Watch: Actress and Filmmaker Ahd Kamel Women to Watch: Actress and Filmmaker Ahd Kamel Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro G. Iñárritu Endorse Emiliano Rocha Minter's 'We Are The Flesh' Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro G. Iñárritu Endorse Emiliano Rocha Minter's 'We Are The Flesh' Sundance Review: Moving Doc 'We Are X' Chronicles the Tragic Story of Japan's Biggest & Boldest Band Sundance Review: Moving Doc 'We Are X' Chronicles the Tragic Story of Japan's Biggest & Boldest Band Sundance ’16: Lebanese Comedy ‘Halal Love (and Sex)’ is a Hilarious Discovery from Razor Film Sundance ’16: Lebanese Comedy ‘Halal Love (and Sex)’ is a Hilarious Discovery from Razor Film Sundance Review: Why Culturally Sensitive Road Trip Dramedy 'Mr. Pig' is Diego Luna's Best Film Yet Sundance Review: Why Culturally Sensitive Road Trip Dramedy 'Mr. Pig' is Diego Luna's Best Film Yet Sundance Institute Announces New Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists and 2016 Recipient Sundance Institute Announces New Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists and 2016 Recipient Sundance Review: The Daniels' Heartfelt 'Swiss Army Man' is a Zany Existentialist Buddy Comedy Sundance Review: The Daniels' Heartfelt 'Swiss Army Man' is a Zany Existentialist Buddy Comedy How GKIDS Shook the Oscar Animated Race with First Latin American Nominee and a New Ghibli Hit How GKIDS Shook the Oscar Animated Race with First Latin American Nominee and a New Ghibli Hit Kosovo Gets First Oscar Nomination with Short Film 'Shok' Kosovo Gets First Oscar Nomination with Short Film 'Shok' 'The Boy and the Beast' Dir. Mamoru Hosoda on Shared Fatherhood & Why His Films Deal with Two Worlds 'The Boy and the Beast' Dir. Mamoru Hosoda on Shared Fatherhood & Why His Films Deal with Two Worlds 7 Latin American and Latino-Themed Films Vying for an Oscar Nomination 7 Latin American and Latino-Themed Films Vying for an Oscar Nomination Charlie Kaufman on the Meaning Behind 'Anomalisa' at PSIFF: 'See the film' Charlie Kaufman on the Meaning Behind 'Anomalisa' at PSIFF: 'See the film' 'Ixcanul' Director Jayro Bustamante on the Strength of Mayan Women & Guatemala's Indigenous Majority 'Ixcanul' Director Jayro Bustamante on the Strength of Mayan Women & Guatemala's Indigenous Majority Review: Why Alê Abreu's Sublime 'Boy and the World' is the Best Animated Film of the Year                                                Review: Why Alê Abreu's Sublime 'Boy and the World' is the Best Animated Film of the Year Romania 's 'The Chosen One' Marks the Beginning of the 2015 Golden Globes® Campaigns Romania 's 'The Chosen One' Marks the Beginning of the 2015 Golden Globes® Campaigns LatinoBuzz: Actress Kate del Castillo on Premios Platino and Working in Her Native Language LatinoBuzz: Actress Kate del Castillo on Premios Platino and Working in Her Native Language 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (Persian New Year)! 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (Persian New Year)! LatinoBuzz: Interview with Elvis Nolasco from ABC's 'American Crime' LatinoBuzz: Interview with Elvis Nolasco from ABC's 'American Crime' Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - Europe Part 1 Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - Europe Part 1

Cannes Recap

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz May 30, 2013 at 1:30PM

I am traveling through France, visiting family (what a life!) and will begin slowly to recuperate from one of the most intense Cannes I have had in years. As I do so, I hope you will follow my Cannes journal. For now, I want to review the prizes.
0
cannes342

To my dear readers,

I am traveling through France, visiting family (what a life!) and will begin slowly to recuperate from one of the most intense Cannes I have had in years.  As I do so, I hope you will follow my Cannes journal.  For now, I want to mention the prizes as I was so lucky to have been able to devote the last 3 days in Cannes to watching movies and got to see some of the winners.  I made a point to see the films of my fellow Americans: The Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis (U.S.:CBS Films, ISA:StudioCanal) which won the well deserved Grand Prix, Alexander Payne Nebraska (U.S.: Paramount Pictures, ISA: FilmNation Ent.)  whose star, 72 year old Bruce Dern, won the Best Actor Award (a "moderate surprise" to quote Cineuropa.org) as he played a decrepit old man, a few degrees removed from the almost charming Jack Nicholson in the somewhat similarly themed movie 2002 Cannes Festival film Palme d'Or and Oscar nominated film About Schmidt, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (U.S.: Sony Pictures Classics, ISA: HanWay Films) James Gray's The Immigrant (ISA: Wild Bunch, No. America: TWC) starring the always outstanding, always surprising Marion Cotillard.

My personal favorites were the Palme d'Or winning Blue is the Warmest Color, or La Vie d'Adele Chapitres 1 & 2, which will be distributed in the U.S. by Sundance Selects (ISA: Wild Bunch) and whose next chapters I eagerly await, and the second to the last film screened in Cannes, Roman Polanski's outstanding "pas de deux" Venus in Fur (U.S.: Contact ICM, ISA: Lionsgate).  

For Blue is the Warmest Color the Palme d'Or director Abdellatif Kechiche along with his lead actors Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos were all called onto the stage as equals underlining their importance. NY Times says, that this was an "unusual, perhaps unprecedented step acknowledging the contributions of both women, who appear naked in several sex scenes, but it also took some auteur sheen away from Mr. Kechiche, suggesting that the jury had engaged in intense back-room negotiations".

The Jury Prize went to Like Father, Like Son by Japanese director Kore-Eda Hiroka.  This film gives an intimate look into two families as two six-year-old boys are discovered to have been switched at birth and now must exchange parents.  

Chinese director Jia Zhangke won the Best Screenplay Award for A Touch of Sin, It was his third time in competition but the first time he had won which is also  good news for the French company Mk2, the film’s international sales agent.  

The Caméra d´Or Jury headed by Agnès Varda presented its award to Ilo ilo, (ISA: Memento) a first film by Singapore director Anthony Chen.

The ultra violent (so I heard, as I did not see the film) Heli (ISA: NDM) by Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante won the Best Director Award for Heli [trailer], a coproduction between Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

The best Actress Award went to Berenice Bejo who was visibly surprised, for her role in the Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) directed film The Past (trailer here: The Past [trailer]

The Cineuropa team would like to point out in particular two important European films: The Great Beauty [trailerfilm focus] by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski which both deserved a place on the winners’ list, which this year did not include any Special Mentions for feature films.


palme d' or


Palme d´Or
Blue is the Warmest Colour [trailerfilm focus] - Abdellatif Kechiche

Grand Prix
Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan and Joel Coen

Best Actress
Bérénice Bejo - The Past [trailer]

Best Actor
Bruce Dern - Nebraska

Best Director
Heli [trailer] - Amat Escalante 

Best Screenplay
Jia Zhangke - A Touch of Sin

Jury Prize 
Like Father, Like Son – Kore-Eda Hirokazu

Caméra d´Or Award
Ilo Ilo - Anthony Chen

Palme d'Or for Best Short Film
Safe - Moon Byoung-gon

Special Mentions
Whale Valley - Gudmundur Arnar
7°4 S - Adriano Valerio

EuropaDistribution that important arthouse indie association which also sponsors. US in Progress at Wroclaw's American Film Festival and the upcoming Champs Elysees Film Festival gave their Special Award to the sleeper hit, The Selfish Giant, in the Directors Fortnight. 

The Queer Palm Award went to the gay erotic thriller Strangers By the Lake (L’inconnu du lac) (U.S.: Strand Releasing) by writer-director Alain Guiraudie has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film Festival movies featuring gay, lesbian, bi, tri, multi, transgender, etc. characters. Stranger by the Lake was screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

This is not a definitive list of the other festival winners for Directors Fortnight, Critics Week, or ACID,  but I am in Arles (just bumped into CMG's Edward Noeltner and his son Philippe!) and we're driving to see my brother-in-law in Bordeaux!

Edward and Philippe Noeltner (CMG) Arles Cafe de Nuit
Edward and Philippe Noeltner (CMG) Arles Cafe de Nuit





Au revoir!!


This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, International Film Market, International Film Festival, International, Awards

E-Mail Updates