The 2009 Cannes Film Festival has come to an end and some films have achieved massive success and awards, and others will be disappearing into independent film limbo. Although I’m sure we’ll talk about those films in our Cannes Film Festival roundup, for now, let’s concentrate on the Cannes successes. Below are the winners of both prizes and distribution.
- The Grand Prix (aka the runner-up to the Palme d’Or ) went to Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet
- The Special Jury Prize went to Alain Resnais for Wild Grass
- Jury Prize Ex-aequo went to Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold
- Best Director to Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay
- Best Screenplay goes to LOU Ye for Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan (Spring Fever)
- Christoph Walz won Best Actor for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds
- Charlotte Gainsbourg won Best Actress for Lars von Trier’s controversial Antichrist
- Vulcain Prize for an artist technician, awarded by the C.S.T. went to Map of the Sounds of Tokyo directed by Isabel Coixet
- Their lifetime achievement award went to Alain Resnais for his work in Esnais Les Herbes Folles (Wild Grass)
The winners of the the most prestigious award, the Palme d’Or, is Austrian auteur Michael Haneke’s luscious black and white French film, The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band) about life in a small Protestant village in northern Germany just before the advent of World War I.
According to Reuters:
The film is narrated by its central character, a young teacher, decades after the events depicted. Though the many children all have names, the adults, further extending the film’s symbolic implications, tend to be known mostly through their generic roles, e.g., the Baron, the Pastor, the Farmer, the Doctor, and so on. Life in the village is strictly hierarchical, and everyone knows his or her place. An inhuman, never questioned moral code holds sway, especially over the children who are constantly punished, both physically and psychologically, for the slightest infraction. The women are similarly brutalized and under the thumb of the village’s unabashed patriarchy. The male adults, on the other hand, engage in clandestine acts of evil and cruelty that are kept hushed up.
One day the order of things begins to unravel. First, the doctor, on horseback, is tripped up by an invisible wire and his injuries put him in the hospital for months. Then several children, including the son of the Baron and the retarded child of the doctor’s mistress, are severely beaten. Later, the Baron’s barn is set on fire. Who are the guilty ones? It is the teacher who finally figures out, to the surprise of no one, that it is the children that are wreaking the havoc, partly out of revenge for their mistreatment, and partly because they have so totally internalized the sick values of their parents.
In case you were wondering what films from Cannes that you’ll be able to see in coming months, check out the Cannes tittles with US Distribution below:
- Antichrist (IFC)
- A Prophet (Sony Pictures Classics)
- Bright Star (Bob Berney and Bill Polhad)
- Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (Sony Pictures Classics)
- Drag Me to Hell (Universal)
- Humpday (Magnolia Pictures)
- I Love You Phillip Morris (Consolidated Pictures Group)
- Inglourious Basterds (Weinstein Co.)
- Looking For Eric (IFC)
- Precious (Lionsgate)
- Taking Woodstock (Focus Features)
- Tales From the Golden Age (IFC)
- Thirst (Focus Features)
- Up (Disney Pixar)
- The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics)
Check out the full list of winners on Cannes Festival website now.
What film are you excited to see?