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Cannes 2014: 'Winter Sleep' Takes Palme D'Or, 'Foxcatcher' Gets Best Director, Plus All The Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 24, 2014 1:13 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Poster
Roll up the Red Carpet; hang up your tux; let down your chignon; the Cannes Film Festival drew to a typically glamorous close this evening with the glitzy award ceremony, at which Jury president Jane Campion and her unprecedentedly female-majority panel announced their award decisions. The big news? Long-time bookie’s favorite "Winter Sleep” taking the coveted Palme d'Or, much to Playlister Jessica Kiang’s dismay and Playlister Nikola Grozdanovich’s joy (check out Jess’ review and Nik’s rebuttal)

Cannes Review: Naomi Kawase’s 'Still The Water' Is A Spectacle For The Senses

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • May 20, 2014 9:18 AM
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Still The Water
Naomi Kawase’s “Still The Water” was greeted with something of a muted response when Thierry Fremaux announced it among the eighteen competing films for the Palme d’Or. Ardent arthouse fans will mostly recognize Kawase, and to those who are loyal followers of the Cannes Film Festival her inclusion in the main competition is like seeing a familiar face in a crowded street. She’s had practically every feature film premiere at Cannes, starting with 1997’s “Suzaku” which won the Camera d’Or, including 2007’s “The Mourning Forest” which won the Grand Jury Prize, and now with this year's "Still The Water" (she was also part of last year’s main competition jury). And this time around, her lyrical and personal style of cinema adds another treat to an already fantastic slate, and should make the competitive scuffle for the number one spot that more interesting.

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