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May 25, 2009

62nd Festival de Cannes Results

The official Jury of this 62nd Festival de Cannes, presided by Isabelle Huppert, revealed the Prize winners during the Closing Ceremonies on the evening of May 24th.


IN COMPETTION - FEATURE FILMS

Palme d'Or
DAS WEISSE BAND (The White Ribbon) directed by Michael HANEKE

Grand Prix
UN PROPHÈTE (A Prophet) directed by Jacques AUDIARD


Lifetime achievement award for his work and his exceptional contribution to the history of cinema

Alain RESNAIS


Best Director
Brillante MENDOZA for KINATAY

Jury Prize

FISH TANK directed by Andrea ARNOLD

BAK-JWI (Thirst) directed by PARK Chan-Wook

Best Performance for an Actor
Christoph WALTZ in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS directed by Quentin TARANTINO

Best Performance by an Actress

Charlotte GAINSBOURG in ANTICHRIST directed by Lars von TRIER

Best Screenplay
MEI Feng for CHUN FENG CHEN ZUI DE YE WAN (Spring Fever) directed by LOU Ye

Prix Vulcain: Artist-Technician

Aitor BERENGUER, sound technician of the movie MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO directed by Isabel COIXET.



IN COMPETITION - SHORT FILMS

Palme d'Or

ARENA directed by João SALAVIZA

Special
Distinction

THE SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN directed by Mark ALBISTON, Louis SUTHERLAND

CAMERA D'OR
SAMSON AND DELILAH directed by Warwick THORNTON (presented at Un Certain Regard)

Caméra d'Or – Special Distinction
AJAMI directed by Scandar COPTI, Yaron SHANI (presented at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)


UN CERTAIN REGARD


Prix Un Certain Regard - Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma

KYNODONTAS (Dogtooth) by Yorgos LANTHIMOS

Jury Prize

POLITIST, ADJECTIV (Police, Adjective) by Corneliu PORUMBOIU.

Special Prize Un Certain Regard 2009

KASI AZ GORBEHAYE IRANI KHABAR NADAREH (No One Knows About Persian Cats) by Bahman GHOBADI

LE PÈRE DE MES ENFANTS (Father of My Children) by Mia HANSEN-LØVE


CINEFONDATION

First Cinéfondation Prize
BÁBA by Zuzana Kirchnerová-Špidlová (FAMU, République Tchèque)

Second Cinéfondation Prize
GOODBYE by Song Fang (Beijing Film Academy, Chine)

Third Cinéfondation Prize (ex aequo)
DIPLOMA by Yaelle Kayam (The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Israël)

NAMMAE UI JIP (Don't Step out of the House) directed by Jo Sung-hee (Korean Academy of Film Arts, Corée du Sud)


Source from Festival de Cannes


May 15, 2009

Natalie Portman's 'Making Of'



Natalie Portman and friend Christine Aylward have founded a new website the 'Making Of' which features behind the scenes and backstage material of film production and footage with photos, information and videos with interviews and details of current films in production. Get further details at the website's About page and enjoy this Natalie Portman interview video from makingof.com. And yes, we love it!

Vicky Cristina Barcelona








Director - Woody Allen

Genre - Drama/Romance


A cynical look at love and all the complications it entails. Allen gets us all worked up, hot and bothered over a foursome who have very differing views on coupling. Yet, it is this aspect of the film and of course, Allen's script which had us glued instantaneously. Javier Bardem plays a roving cad who exudes animalistic, musky charm but make no mistake, this film is all Rebecca Hall's. We think she will be a force to reckon with if given more chances in her acting career. She came on like boiling water here. Cold, lukewarm and then whoah mama! A star is born.

4 STARS!

All about Vicky Cristina Barcelona

May 5, 2009

Before Night Falls





Director - Julian Schnabel

Genre - Biography/Drama


Eccentric American artist turned filmmaker Julian Schnabel directed this piece of reel art. His sensibility is very European and curiously his films are stripped of anything even remotely resembling the style of an American production. Javier Bardem plays an aspiring writer in Cuba who is dealt a bad hand for being gay in a country which not only frown upon the inclination, it penalizes you severely for being one. Bardem is that rare actor who has an almost superhero-like ability to morph seamlessly into any given role.

5 STARS!

All about Before Night Falls