May 23, 2009

Some awards today out of Cannes!

Variety has the rundown:
In a rare triumph for Greek cinema at Cannes, Yorgos Lanthimos’ unsettling repression drama "Dogtooth" took the top Un Certain Regard Prize Saturday at Cannes.
The triumph of "Dogtooth" - yet another dysfunctional family tale which finally flares into violence at an edition of Cannes which has had a handful - was something of a turn-up for the books.
Turning on three teen children who are kept almost completely cut-off from the world by their parents, "Dogtooth" drew sympatgetic reviews.
But this year’s Un Certain Regard boasted films from a bevy of name international auteurs - Korea’s Bong Joon-ho, Iran’s Bahman Ghobadi, Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu, Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda - whose films grabbed a lot more attention.
And a bevy of movies had generated warm buzz during the festival. Three of these took all the other Un Certain Regard kudos.
Porumboui’s much-admired "Police, Adjective," about a cop’s reluctant surveillance of a pot-smoking teen, won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, adding to a Fipresci award earlier Saturday as best film in the sidebar.
Two other praised films shared a Special Prize: French director Mia Hansen-Love’s "Father of My Children," a painful record of the suicide of an indie producer; and Bahman Ghobadi’s section opener "No One Knows About The Persian Cats," a shot-on-the-hoof tale of two budding musicians in Iran’s rebellious, repressed but vibrant underground rock-music scene, a film which marks a change of direction for the helmer.
UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE "Dogtooth," Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY PRIZE "Police, Adjective," Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania)
SPECIAL PRIZE UN CERTAIN REGARD 2009 "No One Knows About The Persian Cats," Bahman Ghobadi (Iran) and "Father of My Children," Mia Hansen-Love (France).
-Now to wait for the big ones to come down...what film do you think will be the big winner when all is said and done? I'm gonna go with either Antichrist or Inglorious Basterds as upset bout you?


  1. I'd love to see Tarantino take it again...

  2. I'm going with Ken Loach

  3. You're nuts to think either of those would win (famous last words). Both were critically panned across the board, and Cannes likes to go for the smaller, critical gems that got zero buzz leading up to the award.

  4. hence my upset picks...I wouldn't call Basterds panned, just divisive, but then again, that seems to be the word of the day for every film that premieres...honestly, if Up was In Competition, I'd be inclined to pick that

  5. From what I've heard Antichrist is still the talk of the festival. The only film has has brough up a genuine discussion about movies as entertainment and artform. I think I'll be a too controversial pick for the Palms på the juryprice is not out of question.

    look out for Andrea Arnolds Fish Tank.

  6. 有空一起來玩梭哈吧!