Winners announced!

Drrrrrrum (french RR please)  rrrrrolls  s’il vous plait !

Here is the list of award winners from Cannes.

Palme d’Or (Cannes’ highest award):

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand).  Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

director is in the center in white


Director’s acceptance speech:  (as he spoke about cinema’s inherent mystery) “Syndromes and a Century… I think this mystery,” he said, in a soft-spoken voice in tune with his work, “keeps us coming back to Cannes and sharing our world.”  (from Michael Phillip’s Talking Pictures blog (My new favorite blog!)

Quoting Critics:

“some fantasy elements in a way I’ve never seen before.”  — Tim Burton, Cannes Head Juror

Best Actress Award:

Juliette Binoche in “Certified Copy.” Directed by Abbas Kiarostami.

Best Actor Award: (2 awardees)

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”

Elio Germano in “La Nostra Vita.”

Grand Prix (like a 2nd place winner):

“Of Gods and Men” (France)  Directed by Xavier Beauvois

“Heartfelt yet very modest film” — The Hollywood Reporter

Jury Prix:

“A Screaming Man” (Chad) Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Best Director:

Mathieu Amalric for “On Tour” (France)

“Cast exclusively with authentic performers in the style of the ‘new burlesque,’ a funky, exhilarating form of cabaret and live performance, the movie has a documentary realism and sharpness that carries it through the rough spots and dramatic lulls,” — Patrick Z McGavin at Emanuel Levys place

Screenplay Award:

“Poetry” (South Korea) Directed by Lee Chang-dong

“Poetry” poster – featured actress is Yoon Jung-hee, a veteran actress from Korea

Director Lee Chang-dong receiving his award. He is also the director of “Secret Sunshine”, a Cannes best actress winner 3 years ago.

Fun Fact: When Lee submitted his screenplay to Korean Film Council, it received zero points, because “The council said the reason for the low score was that the screenplay was written like a novel, not a screenplay.” — Joongang Daily

“An intelligent melodrama about a sensitive woman in a bullying male world” Lee Marshall from Screendaily , “This is a warm, deftly made film that uses the humor and tenderness in Yoon’s performance to dramatize the artistic and emotional depths we don’t know we have,” Wesley Morris from Boston Daily. ,

Camera d’Or : “Ano Bisiesto”, directed by Michael Rowe (Mexico)

“Un Certain Regard” award:

“Ha Ha Ha” (South Korea) by Hong Sang-soo

Critic review: It’s a diffident tale of romantic yearnings and encounters recalled, over much alcohol, by two friends in the port city of Tongyeong. — says Michael Phillips from Chicago Tribune


Can’t wait to see all these films distributed worldwide!


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