Sunday, May 25, 2008

Cannes Winners

Official Competition Films
Palme D'Or
Entre Les Murs (The Class) by Laurence Cantet who previously won international acclaim for the film Human Resources [France]
Grand Prize (Runner Up)
Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone (First Love, The Embalmer) which looks at the Italian mafia not from the perspective of the wealthy leaders but from the working class underlings. AO Scott called it "furious and brilliant" [Italy]
Jury Prize Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino, an inventive biopic on
Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (played by Toni Servillo) [Italy]
Best Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan for The Three Monkeys [Turkey]

Special Prize "Prix de 61st Festival de Cannes" awarded to both Catherine Deneuve for her participation in Un Conte de Noel (A Christmas Tale) (by Arnaud Depleschin) AND Clint Eastwood for Changeling
Screenplay The Dardenne Brothers (who never leave Cannes without some sort of prize) for Lorna's Silence [Belgium]
Benicio Del Toro who plays Che Guevera in Che [USA]
Sandra Corveloni who plays the struggling tough mother of four boys in Linha de Passe [Brazil]

Prizes from other Cannes Juries
(outside the main competition)
Camera D'Or (awarded to first time filmmakers) Steve McQueen for Hunger which is about the Maze Prison during the IRA's hunger strike in the 80s.
Camera D'Or Special Mention Everybody Dies But Me by Valeria Gaï Guermanika
Best Short Megatron by Marian Crisan about a Romanian boy on his birthday

Short Special Mention Jerrycan by Julius Avery about a kid suffering from bullying
Un Certain Regard Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan
Ecumenical Jury Prize Atom Egoyan for Adoration


Anonymous said...

Dardenne brothers won best screenplay..

Anonymous said...

Sandra Corveloni won best actress.. I don't know who she is though.

Anonymous said...

Benicio Del Toro won best actor. Good for him.

Anonymous said...

The Class won Palme d’Or and Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah won grand prize. No awards for Changeling or The Exchage.

RJ said...

Those Dardennes are machines

Robert said...

Hmmmm, I did enjoy Time Out. Perhaps it's time I looked more closely at this Cantet fellow.

I always wish I could sit in on the Jury and watch their process each year.

Think Alexandra Maira Lara said anything at all?


omg. both the Dardenne Bros and Clint Eastwood are seriously magnetized for awardage. Clint everywhere... the Dardenne's just @ Cannes ;)

post has been updated with all the prizes.


leegeumja THE CHANGELING did get a prize -- a special one for CLINT

Anonymous said...

Not many surprises except Best Actress, I think Angelina Jolie, Martina Gussman (Leonera), the protagonist of Dardenne Brothers' film even Catherine Deneuve or Julianne Moore are favorites...

Anonymous said...

There are never favourites at Cannes. Or if there are, they always, always lose.

Kamila said...

"Linha de Passe" is Sandra Corveloni's first film role! She has a strong career here in Brazil as a theater actress.

Hayden said...

Yay! No Jolie.

Sam Brooks said...

Anybody think this dulls Jolie's Oscar chances in the least?

I think Del Toro has been put in as a frontrunner for Actor now, though.

Corveloni's film, however, probably has very little chance at even being released, let alone noticed by Oscar.


Brooke --I actually think that will get a release. Walter Salles films generally do get US release. Or at least the last few have. It just takes a while.

NicksFlickPicks said...

There's often a major "event" movie that gets a ton of media attention at Cannes and then somehow wind up prize-less: Mystic River and No Country for Old Men are prime, recent examples from the U.S., but Dogville and 2046 also fit this pattern. I don't think "missing" an award at Cannes means a whole lot, especially when they "pass over" a movie that already won't need much help finding international distributors (see all four of the above titles, plus Changeling) and bestow prizes instead on films that can seriously use the boost, in addition to being high-quality stuff (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, 4 Months..., and now Entre les murs).

Those "61st Cannes" citations to Clint and Catherine for still being alive seem uniquely gratuitous, though.

Surprising and mildly hope-inducing to see Atom Egoyan back in the critical mix.

Sam Brooks said...

To me, the 61st Cannes prizes seem to be the equivalent of sending your grandparents to a retirement home.

(Note: I am a moderate fan of Eastwood and a huge fan of Deneuve and that statement is not representative of how I feel about those stars. Just the general feeling of that prize.)

Anonymous said...

That special 61st Cannes shout-out for Clint is because his buddy Sean Penn was on the jury - but there would've been quite an uproar if he'd given him a real award. Deserving or not.

Interesting batch of winners. No Waltz with Bashir which was widely predicted. For some reason this year I've been a lot more interested in Cannes - really looking forward to seeing all these and the other contenders. Think my film tastes are widening/maturing/or something like that...

lawyer tony fernando said...

Sandra Corveloni just lost her baby,she was 5 months pregnant,that´s the reason she didn´t make it to cannes