A typically quiet weekend highlighted by the Cannes awards, plus a BS Aronofsky rumor and a bit more. Also be sure to check LiC’s roundups of the critical reactions to a pile of the this year’s Cannes competition films here, here, here and here.

Cannes Winners:

  • Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, U.S.)
  • Grand Prix (tie):Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) and The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne, France)
  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, U.S.)
  • Jury Prize: Polisse (Maiwenn, France)
  • Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist, France)
  • Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Denmark-Sweden-France-Germany)
  • Screenplay: Joseph Cedar (Footnote, Israel)
  • Camera d’Or: Las acacias (Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina-Spain)
  • Palme d’Or, short films:Cross (Maryna Vroda)

Un Certain Regarde:

  • Arirang (Kim Ki-Duk), Stopped on Track (Andreas Dresen)

Fipresci Prizes:

  • Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki) (Competition)
  • Minister (Pierre Schoeller) (Un Certain Regard)
  • Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols) (Critics Week/Directors’ Fortnight)

Cannes Ecumenical Jury:

  • Grand Prix: This Must Be the Place (Paolo Sorrentino)
  • Special Mentions: Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki), Where Do We Go Now (Nadine Labaki)

Critics Week:

  • Grand Prix: Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)

Directors’ Fortnight:

  • CICAE Art Cinema Award: The Giants
  • SACD Prize: The Giants
  • Top European Film: Breathing

Aussie actor Bill hunter died Saturday at 71
He’s a memorable face from such films as Gallipoli, Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Square (NY Times)

Warner Bros and Disney rumored to be pursuing Aronofsky
This kind of rumor is about as meaningless as you can get, especially since Aronofsky is known for kicking the tires on multiple projects before finally settling into one, but Disney reportedly wants him to replace Tim Burton on Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent while Warner Bros. wants him for Moses. Sure, either one of these things could turn out, but just because someone wants Aronofsky for something doesn’t mean he’ll do it. (Badass Digest)

Sundance Selects picks up Cannes pic Poliss
Well Sundance Selects has certainly been busy this week. They’ve added this modestly reviewed French multi-character police drama after earlier acquiring Sleeping Beauty, House of Tolerance, Goodbye Love,  and The Kid With a Bike. (Deadline)

Emma Roberts joins Celeste and Jesse Forever
Chris Messina and Ari Graynor also added to the romantic comedy-drama that already includes Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg. A divorced couple tries to remain friends. (Variety – firewall)



6 Responses to “News du Jour: Tree of Life wins Palme d’Or”

  1. Great news about Tree of Life winning.

  2. I’m still a wee bit surprised about it winning, though many people had it pegged and Vegas odds favored it before the festival started. The Palme is often undpredictable and I was sort of betting on The Kid With the Bike.

    Glad though, being the only one of the competition films I can actually vouch for.

  3. I’m not terribly surprised it won. Why? Three words: Lars Von Trier.

    I’m not saying that “Melancholia” would’ve won, necessarily. But after his press-conference effectively took that movie out of the running (with Kirsten Dunst winning more for her performance keeping a straight face while sitting next to the director), the only major competition to Malick was effectively removed.

  4. Sorry to hear about Bill Hunter, but that’s good news for The Tree of Life, although really I’m not the least bit surprised. It was my odds on favorite going in. It fits the Palme D’Or template perfectly.

    Interesting to see Refn win for Drive. I’ve been hearing good things about that film.

  5. Bob: Von Trier was a very long shot for one reason not being discussed here: He won previously. Yeah, the Dardennes won twice, but it is extremely rare to win a second time.

  6. Joel as I’ve said elsewhere, I’m not crazy about Refn and I remain skeptical about Drive, though everything I’ve read makes it sound kind of great. There was one review especially (I think it was Zacharek) that marveled at the old school handling of the car action sequences without a lot of tricky editing and whatnot. If that’s true, this thing will be catnip for me.

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