Cannes results cause a bit of controversy? Never!

Cannes would not be Cannes without a bit of controversy, and this years festival was no different. From a certain Lars Von Trier ‘jokingly’ claiming to be a Nazi and being booted out of the festival, to Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life being booed by a small minority at it’s first screening. But the festival did help a lot of filmmakers get their films sold, most notable short film director Paul Campion’s The Devil’s Rock and countless others, some of which have been covered on this very site. As always though, Cannes is about art, and director’s having the freedom to express themselves without having to bend over to the rules of Hollywood, and without Cannes, the movie world would be a boring, dull and non risk taking politically correct machine which all followed the same rules (Ok I am exaggerating here to make my point, so I shall stop now).

The big jury at Cannes was headed by non other than Robert De Niro, and his panel of experts included Jude Law and Uma Thurman, to name but a few.

Anyway, it would seem after all the talk of the film either being dull and quite dreadful, to others calling it a masterpiece and life changing, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life won the biggie, the Palme D’Or of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Malick must be very pleased with himself, and since the director tends to make a film once every century, awards like this won’t be heading his way any time in the near future, so he should enjoy this moment. Some feel the award was too ‘predictable’ with others saying it has been granted to a director simply because he belongs at Cannes. I say, he won it, I haven’t seen the film but being a bit of a Terrence Malick fan, I am sure the film is magnificent.

Even more controversial is the winner of Best Actress. Now the actress herself probably more than deserved the award, however the film in question many feel should have been thrown out after the comments made by the director. Yes, stand up Mr Von Trier, for after all the trouble you caused, Cannes kept your film (as they should have) and allowed it the chance to win, and win it did. The gorgeous Kirsten Dunst picked up the Best Actress award for a film now drenched in bad feelings and totally overshadowed by its directors stupid comments. However, say what you want about Von Trier and his inability to see eye to eye with the general public, he does make good films and I for one can’t wait to see Melancholia. Here’s what Dunst said about winning:

“What a week it’s been,” Dunst said upon accepting the prize. “Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for still allowing our film to be in competition.” She thanked von Trier “for giving me the opportunity to be so brave in this film, and so free.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Palme d’Or: “The Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick, U.S.)

Grand Prix (tie): ”Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) and ”The Kid With a Bike” (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, France)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (”Drive,” U.S.)

Jury prize: ”Polisse” (Maiwenn, France)

Actor: Jean Dujardin (“The Artist,” France)

Actress: Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia,” Denmark-Sweden-France-Germany)

Screenplay: Joseph Cedar (“Footnote,” Israel)


Main prize (tie): “Arirang” (Kim Ki-duk, South Korea) and “Stopped on Track” (Andreas Dresen, Germany)

Special jury prize: “Elena” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia)

Directing prize: Mohammad Rasoulof (“Goodbye,” Iran)


Camera d’Or: “Las acacias” (Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina-Spain)

Critics’ Week Grand Prix: “Take Shelter” (Jeff Nichols, U.S.)


Palme d’Or: “Cross” (Maryna Vroda)

Jury prize: “Swimsuit 46” (Wannes Destoop)


Competition: “Le Havre” (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland-France)

Un Certain Regard: “The Minister” (Pierre Schoeller, France)

Directors’ Fortnight: “Take Shelter” (Jeff Nichols, U.S.)


First Prize: “Der Brief” (Doroteya Droumeva)

Second Prize: “Drari” (Kamal Lazraq)

Third Prize: “Fly by Night” (Son Tae-gyum)

ECUMENICAL PRIZE: “This Must Be the Place” (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy-France-Ireland)


Winner: Jose Luis Alcaine (“The Skin I Live In,” Spain)

Special mention: Joe Bini and Paul Davies (“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” U.K.-U.S.)

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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