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Un Certain Regard Prizes Unveiled at Cannes

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 23, 2014 at 1:54PM

Hungarian director Kornel Mondruczo's film centering on an uprising of dogs, "White God," has nabbed the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section.
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'White God'
'White God'

Hungarian director Kornel Mondruczo's film centering on an uprising of dogs, "White God," has nabbed the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section.

Meanwhile, the Jury Prize went to Ruben Ostlund's "Turist," on the fallout (no pun intended) felt by one family after an avalanche; and the Jury's Special Prize to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's co-directed documentary "Salt of the Earth," a portrait of photographer Sebastiao Selgado (father of Ribeiro Salgado). 

Acting awards were handed out to Aboriginal thespian David Gulpilil (who began his career as the young walkabout of the title in Nicolas Roeg's 1971 classic) for Rolf de Heer's "Charlie's Country," which functions as a semi-autobiographical drama about its star; while the ensemble award went to the sidebar's opener, "Party Girl," by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, following an aging woman's switch from club life to married life.

Director Pablo Trapero oversaw the jury for the winning selections.

The most buzzed about Un Certain Regard player, Ryan Gosling's mind-screw vision of crumbling Detroit, "Lost River," went home empty-handed -- though that's not too surprising given the hyperbolically harsh reviews it received. Anne Thompson was one of its few champions.

This article is related to: Festivals, Awards, Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.