Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Bonjour, Awards!

I know I don't cover Cannes over here at all, mostly because I'm not there, and I find just writing out a reaction to others' reactions a pointless endeavor. If you want to look back at their Cannes coverage, Sasha Stone went to Cannes for the first time, Jeff Wells hated Certified Copy and loved Biutiful, and Guy Lodge covered for In Contention. Relating the winners, on the other hand, is fair game (get it? because Fair Game premiered at Cannes and didn't win!).

Palme d'Or
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
From director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand. A dying man is visited by non-human forms of his wife and son.

Best Director
Mathieu Amaltic, On Tour
France. Man joins up with a traveling burlesque group, featuring an ensemble of girls playing themselves.

Best Actor
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
From director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spain. Single father cares for kids, brother, immigrants.
Elio Germano, La Nostra Vita
From director Daniele Luchetti, Italy. A man fights against the injustices life brings to him.

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
From director Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/France. English writer doing book tour meets French woman who goes to see him speak.

Lee Chang-dong, Poetry
Korea. An older woman's perspective on life changes when she takes a poetry class.

Jury Prize
A Screaming Man
From director Mahamet-Salah Haroun. A pool attendant at a hotel in Chad gets new employers during civil war.

Congratulations to all. As for Fair Game and Another Year, the Cannes premieres I most anticipate...maybe you'll do better in the upcoming Season?

1 comment:

TomS said...

Thank you for your coverage of Cannes. I enjoyed reading it as the awards were hot off the press.
NPR's Fresh Air had a really good analysis of some of this year's winners. I hope these films get some theatrical play in the US.
Not among the winners, but still of interest to me, is an italian film called "Le Quattro Volte". Have you heard about it?