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Cannes: Palme D'Or Winner is Uncle Boonmee, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano

by Anne Thompson
May 23, 2010 6:02 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival juries handed out their awards Sunday. Competition jury president Tim Burton announced the winner of the Palme d'Or: the complex critics' fave from Thailand, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The runner-up Grand Prix prize went to Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois. In a sign that the jury was not unanimous in support of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful (comme tout le monde), the best actor prize was shared by Biutiful's Javier Bardem and Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita. Mike Leigh's well-reviewed Another Year was shut out of the awards, as best actress went to Cannes poster subject Juliette Binoche for Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, rather than Lesley Manville. Best director was a surprise: French actor-turned-director Mathieu Amalric for his colorful burlesque film, Tournée. Best screenplay went to another well-reviewed film, Lee Chang-dong's Poetry.

As far as any Cannes awards impact on potential Oscar contenders, Bardem has a shot--Biutiful will get released in the States, even if its makers have to pay for it-- as does Manville, who will be shepherded by Sony Pictures Classics. Otherwise, we're looking at foreign film contenders from SPC and IFC, per usual. While there will be more acquisitions news to come, most of the films announced as winners today will never reach U.S. theaters.

Todd McCarthy scopes out a weak competition line-up--and the ones left out of contention, like the TV series Carlos. More awards below: the full list is at indieWIRE.

Camera d’Or (best first feature):
Año Bisiesto directed by Michael Rowe

Prix du Jury (jury prize):
A Screaming Man directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Palme d’Or (short film):
Chienne d’Histoire directed by Serge Avedikian

Other already-announced Cannes Film Festival awards:

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Prize of Un Certain Regard: “Ha Ha Ha,” directed by Hong Sangsoo
Jury Prize: “Octubre,” directed by Daniel Vega & Diego Vega
Special Prize: The three actresses—Adela Sanzhez, Eva Bianco, and Victoria Rapos—from Ivan Fund & Santiago Losa’s “Los Labios” (The Lips)

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT
Art Cinema Award: “Pieds nus sur les limaces”, directed by Fabienne Berthaud (France)
Prix SACD/SACD Prize: “Illégal”, directed Olivier Masset-Depasse (Belgium – Luxembourg – France).
Label Europa Cinemas: “Le Quattro Volte”, directed by Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy)
PRIX SFR: “Cautare”, directed Ionut Piturescu (Romania) and “Mary Last Seen,” directed by Sean Durkin (USA)
Palm Dog Award: Vuk, the goatherd’s dog in “Le Quattro Volte,“ directed by by Michelangelo Frammartino

INTERNATIONAL CRITICS’ WEEK
Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique: “Armadillo,” directed by Janus Metz
SACD Prize: “Bi, dung so!” (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!), directed by Phan Dang Di
ACID/CCAS Support: “Bi, dung so!” (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!), directed by Phan Dang Di
OFAJ (Very) Young Critic Award: “Sound of Noise,” directed by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjaerne Nilsson
Canal+ Award for Best Short Film: “Berik,” directed by Daniel Joseph Borgman
Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film: “Deeper Than Yesterday,” directed by Ariel Kleiman

FIPRESCI CRITICS AWARDS
Cannes Competition: “Tournee,” directed by Mathieu Amalric
Un Certain Regard: “Pal Adrienn,” directed by Agnes Kocsis
Director’s Fortnight/Critics’ Week: “Todos vos sodes capitans,” directed by Olivier Laxe


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