Monday, May 26, 2008

61st Cannes Award Winners

A different look for the Cannes Award Winners

Palme d’Or: Entre Les Murs (The Class) by Laurent Cantet

Comments from the Jury

Marjane Satrapi, on the Palme d’Or:
"We all fell in love with it immediately. It's a film that goes beyond the bad neighborhoods, beyond school, to raise the real question of democracy, of all these people who live together. What's more, it doesn't give any answers. Often [in a film], you see a teacher who miraculously settles all the problems in the end. This film doesn't give any answers, but it contains all the questions that are troubling people. I'm also impressed by the quality of the acting and the obvious realism. I was a fervent admirer of this film."

Sean Penn on the Palme d’Or:
"One of the reasons that we agreed unanimously on the Palme d'Or – we start with the art of film. And in that integration and completeness of integration: virtually a seamless film. All of the performances: magic. All of the writing: magic. All of the provocations, and all of the generosity: magic. It's simply everything that you want film to give you. On top of that, because of the things that it takes on, and the issues that it confronts, and the timeliness of them, in a world that, everywhere you go, hungers for education and for a voice – it just touched us so deeply."

Alfonso Cuaron on the reach of the film:
“This is one of those rare films in which we’re talking about high cinema that you can share with really young audiences. That is what it has to say, in the world in which we are living. They are going to be the ones who will be in charge of finding solutions, in the very difficult world they are inheriting.”

Sergio Castellito on the Palme d’Or:
“As I watched this film, I thought of myself as a father, speaking to my son's teachers. That gives the film a universal social reach, without any loss to its poetry… It's a film that seems to have been shot live, that lasts two hours, and covers a one-year period. This narrative quality is amazing."

Grand Prize: Gomorra (Gomorrah), by Mateo Garrone

Also starring Toni Servillo!!!

Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys)

Absolutely a Must Be Seen!!!

Best Screenplay: Le Silence de Lorna (The Silence of Lorna)by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Jury Prize: Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino

Of course Toni Servillo is also here!

Best Actress: Sandra Corveloni for Linha de Passe (Line of Passage) by Daniela Thomas and Walter Salles

To watch a clip of the movie go here or here.

Best Actor: Benicio del Toro for Che by Steven Soderbergh

To watch another clip of the movie go here. It is truly outstanding that was filmed in Spanish! Big Chapeau Mr. Soderbergh!!!

Actually the best site to watch clips of all the movies in Cannes, winners or not, plus interviews and reviews is; to check the site go here.

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