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Cannes 2008 Winners

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2008 Winners

Palme d’Or - Golden PalmAs we already wrote “Entre les Murs” (“The Class“) directed by Laurent Cantet won the Golden Palm (Palme d’Or) at 2008 Cannes Film festival.Other winners included Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, two-time Palme d’Or recipients, who took the screenplay award for “The Silence of Lorna.” Sandra Corveloni, who played a working-class mother in São Paulo in Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’s “Linha de Passe,” won the best actress award. Benicio Del Toro, who played the title in Steven Soderbergh‘s “Che” won the prize for best actor. The directing award went to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for “Three Monkeys,” a film about a disintegrating Turkish family. Both the jury prize and the grand prix went to Italian films: -the jury prize to “Il Divo,” Paolo Sorrentino‘s highly stylized portrait of former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti -and the grand prix to Matteo Garrone‘s “Gomorrah,” a brutally realistic examination of organized crime in Naples. The Caméra d’Or for best first feature went to Steve McQueen‘s “Hunger,” (Un Certain Regard) which unsparingly depicts the protests of imprisoned IRA militants in the 1980s. The jury conferred two special prizes for Catherine Deneuve for ”Un Conte De Noel” and Clint Eastwood for ”The Exchange.”  In Competition Un Certain Regard Prize ”Tulpan” by Sergey Dvortsevoy Jury Prize “Tokyo Sonata” by Kurosawa Kiyoshi Heart Throb Jury Prize ”Wolke 9” by Andreas Drese The Knockout of Un Certain Regard ”Tyson” by James Toback Prize of Hope ”Johnny Mad Dog” by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire Un Certain Regard American distributors had, by the end of the festival, bought some of the most interesting films in and out of competition. The IFC Films picked up three titles: “A Christmas Tale,” “Hunger” and “The Chaser” a violent Korean thriller about a serial killer. Sony Pictures Classics confirmed that it also had bought three movies: “The Silence of Lorna”; “Waltz with Bashir” by the Israeli director Ari Folman, an animated documentary about the veterans of the 1982 war in Lebanon; and the Norwegian film “O’ Horten,” from Bent Hamer (“Kitchen Stories,” “Factotum”). Sony Classics is also rumored to be going after James Toback’s documentary “Tyson,” a portrait of the former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Soderbergh’s “Che”, Charlie Kaufman‘s “Synecdoche, New York,” James Gray‘s “Two Lovers,” and Fernando Meirelles‘ ”Blindnessreceived mixed verdicts from the critics and were passed over by the jury. It is nearly certain that those films, with their Oscar-pedigree casts – del Toro in “Che,” Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener in “Synecdoche,” Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow in “Two Lovers”, Julianne Moore in ‘Blindness” – will make their way into American theaters some time in the future.

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