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Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners list

by Marianne Wi

There has been tears of joy and there has been tears of despair during the 64th Cannes Film Festival and then there has been Lars von Trier.

Lars von Trier, who could have cracked jokes about Bin Laden’s fish supper or even a small controversal jest about Israels continual slaughter of Palestinians, if he felt the need to be mischievous, wisecracks about Hitler is in serious bad taste, what was he thinking, perhaps he thought the term “Freedom of Speech” was on the Cannes menu?. I noticed his new film Melancholia remained in competition, wonder why the Cannes Organisers did not remove it too, ahhh yes it could of course be because good old Kirsty Dunst had made the effort across the pond and was getting The Best Actress Award “political correctness” did not stretch so far as to ban his film too, von Trier should have been left in Cannes to deal with the consequences of his sarcastic comments, more effective surely for him to be surrounded by his contemporaries and their wrath, than being sent packing in his car.

Here are a few interesting facts about Lars von Trier, this Danish Film director who never shy away from controversy, he was born in Denmark on the  30th  April 1956, brought up by his mother Inger Trier a Communist and father Ulf Trier a Social Democrat and a Jew, although not practicing. On Inger Trier’s deathbed ten years after Ulf’s death, when Lars was 33 she informed him that his biological father was Fritz Michael Hartmann an ex-employer of hers with whom she had a fling. Lars von Trier has often made jokes about his changing heritage from Jew to Nazi, this was actually incorrect as Hartmann was a Danish Civil Servant and an active member of  “Frit Danmark” an underground resistance group fighting Hitler during the Second World War. Lars met with Hartmann his biological father only a few times until his father rejected him completely and refused all contact with him. Lars von Trier does not fly and has an enormous collection of phobias, he biggest being flying, all his films have been made in Denmark or Sweden even if they pretend to be shot in the USA. Lars von Trier has now driven back to Denmark and has made a number of interviews, where he offer his sincere apologies to the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival, although he could not resist a little dig at the French feeling that they had somewhat overreacted, why ? “Well, the French did little for the Jews during the Second World War and are properly therefore feeling a little over sensitive about them now” quote on quote.

Winners of the 2011 Festival are:

Feature Films :

The Palme d’Or “The Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick

Grand Prix  Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Le gamin au vélo (The Kid With A Bike) directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Award for Best Director Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn for “Drive” 

Jury Prize  Poliss directed by Maiwenn

Award for Best Screenplay Joseph Cedar for “Footnote” 

Award for Best Actress Kirsten Dunst in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia”

Award for Best Actor  Jean Dujardin for his role in “The Artist” directed by Michel Hazanavicius

Short Films

Palme d’Or   Cross-Country by Maryna Vroda

Jury Prize   Badpakje  46 (Swimsuit 46) by Wannes Destoop

Camera D’or   Las Acacias directed by Pablo Giorgelli presented in the framework of the the Critic’s Week

Un Certain Regard

Prize of un certain regard Ex-æquo Arirang  directed by kim Ki-Duk

Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track) by Andreas Dresen

Special Jury Prize  Elena directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Directing Prize  Be Omid and Didar (Au revoir) directed by Mohammad Rasoulof


First Cinéfondation Prize  Der Brief (The Letter) directed by Doroteya Droumeva
dffb, Germany

Second Cinéfondation Prize  Drari directed  by Kamal Lazraq La Fémis, France

Third Cinéfondation Prize YA-GAN-BI-HANG (Fly by Night) directed by Son Tae-gyum
Chung-Ang University, South Korea


Paolo Sorrentino “This Must Be The Place” wins at Cannes

by Marianne Wi

The Ecumenical Prize was today awarded to Paolo Sorrentino at Cannes, it is a special prize approved by SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) together with INTERFILM (International Interchurch Organisation) a price most Directors are not particular overjoyed to receive and one Lars von Trier certainly joked himself out of this year, you can take freedom of speach too far at Cannes. Sorrentino took the news in his stride and I am sure hoping it is just one of many.

The Ecumenical Award was first given out in 1974, to follow is a list of previous winners courtesy of :

1974   Angst essen Seel auf (Fear Eats the Soul) – Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975   Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle (Kaspar Hauser) – Werner Herzog
1976   The Ecumenical Jury did not give an award
1977   J.A. Martin, photographe – Jean Beaudin/La dentellière (The Lacemaker) – Claude Goretta
1978   L’albero degli zoccoli (The Tree with the Wooden Clogs) – Ermanno Olmi  ITALY
1979   Bez znieczulenia (Without Anesthesia) – Andrzej Wajda
1980   Stalker – Andreï Tarkovski/Constans (Constancy) – Krzysztof Zanussi
1981   Czlowickz zelaza (Man of Iron) – Andrzej Wajda
1982   La Notte di San Lorenzo (The Night of San Lorenzo) – P. et V. Taviani   ITALY
1983   Nostalghia – Andreï Tarkovski   ITALY
1984   Paris Texas – Wim Wenders
1985   La historia oficial (The Official History) – Luis Puenzo
1986   Offret (The Sacrifice) – Andreï Tarkovski
1987   Pokayaniye (Repent) – Tenguiz Abouladze
1988   A World Apart – Chris Menges
1989   Jésus de Montréal – Denys Arcand
1990   Stanno tutti bene (Everybody’s Fine) – Guiseppe Tornatore   ITALY
1991   La double vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) – Krzysztof Kieslowski
1992   Il ladro di bambini (The Stolen Children) – Gianni Amelio   ITALY
1993   Libera me – Alain Cavalier
1994   Huo Zhe (To Live) – Zhang Yimou/Outlomlionnye Solntsem (Burnt by the Sun) – Nikita Mikhalkov
1995   Land and Freedom – Ken Loach
1996   Secrets and Lies – Mike Leigh
1997   The Sweet Hereafter – Atom Egoyan
1998   Mia eoniotita ke mia mera (Eternity and one Day) – Theo Angelopoulos
1999   Todo sobre mi madre (All about my Mother) – Pedro Almodovar
2000  Eureka – Aoyama Shinji
2001   Safar e Gandehar (Kandahar) – Mohsen Makhmalbaf
2002   Mies vailla menneeisyyttä (The Man without a Past) – Aki Kaurismäki
2003   Panj é Asr (At Five in the Afternoon) – Samira Makhmalbaf
2004   Diarios de motocicleta (Motorcycle Diaries) – Walter Salles
2005   Caché (Hidden) – Michael Haneke
2006   Babel – Alejandro González Iñárritu
2007   The Edge of Heaven – Fatih Akin
2008   Adoration – Adam Egoy

2009   Looking for Eric – Ken Roach

2010   Of Gods and Men  – Xavier Beauvois

2011   This must be the Place  – Paolo Sorrentino ITALY


Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be The Place has knocked Cannes for Six

by Marianne Wi

Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be The Place” was last night shown at Cannes to an entuastic audience, who reacted by giving the Director a standing ovation of 10 minutes, I am sensing a trend here…… 10 minutes being the operative word and norm. Sorrentino then had an additional 10 minutes when he arrived “embarrassed” according to the Italian papers, at the Grand Theatre Lumiere. I for one cannot wait to see this film with Sean Penn, who is one of my least favorite American actors, however the trailer looks awesome and I like the notion that Penn looks worn-out and haggard, do I see the Italian entry for next years Oscars? No it was shot in English and has too much foreign funding. This Must Be The Place was not released anywhere prior to the Festival and as far as I can workout, it will be late autumn before the rest of us less fortunate cinefiles get a look in. No release date for the USA, however as it has been partly funded by them it will be shown there I would imagine sooner rather than later. In Italy we must wait until the 14th October 2011 and the lucky Swedes will have it by the 11th November 2011. Cannot wait for the time when you go online  ” pay as you watch” a film as and when you feel like it, surely not that many years away, we have the technology now we just need the humph.

This must be the Place more information.  


Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope is a run away success at Cannes Film Festival.

by Marianne Wi

Nanni Moretti has taken Cannes and the world by storm this year, his latest film Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope has so far been sold to 36 countries, that is by anyones standard a massive success. Moretti broke down in tears after the film was shown last week to an impressed audience in Cannes where it is in competition, there was a 10 minutes standing ovation and Moretti was feeling the love for sure, as he openly cried. Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope will open on the 7th September 2011 in France followed by Germany, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Israel and many other cool interesting places. Some Italian journalists slated the film and have as always played down Morettis huge International success, however I think you will agree 36 countries speaks volumes, leaving most other films in its wake. Morretti has always struggled with his compatriots, he is a little bit like Marmite, you either love him or hate him one thing is for sure you cannot ignore this mans massive success.

Your want to know more about  Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope     read the review here.

Fabio Fazio speaks to Nanni Moretti in Italian, time to test yourself.


This must be the place , Questo deve essere il posto

by Marianne Wi

”This must be the place”, “Questo deve essere il posto” directed by Paolo Sorrentino will be in competition at this years Cannes Film Festival, running from the 11th May until the 22 of May 2011, it is not due for release in Italy before October 2011 grrr grrrr.

Director : Paolo Sorrentino’s fame goes before him, he is recognised worldwide, many of his films have been distributed independently abroad as well as appearing at many of the biggest International Film Festivals. His greatest success was without doubt Il Divo 2008 however L’amico di familia, The Family Friend 2006 –  Le conseguenze dell’amore, The Consequences of Love 2001 –  and L’uomo in piu, One Man Up 2001 also did very well on the International market. I understand that Sean Penn met up with Paolo Sorrentino during the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, where he impressed the director so much that he returned to Italy and asked David Bryne to sort out a screenplay and  there you have it a film was born.

Cast : Sean Penn, Eve Hewson. Frances MaDormand, Judd Hirsch, Heinz Lieven, Kerry Conden, Olwen Fouere, Simon Delaney, Hoyce Van Pattern, Liron Levo

Synobsis : In short the film is about a bored retired rock star living in Ireland, who has not had contact with his father for over 30 years and therefore decides to hit on New York hoping for a reconciliation, before the father passes away, Cheyenne (Sean Penn) arrives too late. It is only after the father death that Cheyenne fully understands his fathers humiliation and horrendous treatment during his stay in Auschwitz, metered out by SS Officer Aloise Lange an unpleasent fellow, who was the fathers tormentor during the 2nd world war. Cheyenne is taken on a long a painful journey across the USA together with an equally painful journey of self discovery. Cheyenne has when he reaches his goal a big decision to make, will he be man enough ?


At war Nanni Moretti and Paolo Sorrentino films in competition at Cannes

by Marianne Wi

Nanni Moretti will be bringing his latest film to The Cannes Film Festival opening on the 11th of May 2011 “Habemus Papam”, “We have a Pope” where it will be in competition with Paolo Sorrentino’s film “This must be the place” , “Questo e il posto” staring Sean Penn.

Habemus Papam, We Have a Pope click for additional information

Questo deve essere il posto, This must be the place click for additional information

It would be nice to think that Italy had the only two entries into this years Cannes Film Festival, that is sadly not so although I think we have two great films, so herewith a list of the other entries in the competition :

Pedro Almodovar  – La piel que habito , The skin I live in

Bertrand Bonello – L’Apollonide Souvenirs de la maison close , House of Tolerance

Alain Cavalier – Pater

Joseph Cedar – Hearat Shulayim, Footnote

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da , Once upon a time in Anatolia

Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne – Le gamin au vélo, Boy with a bike

Aki Kaurismaki – Le havre

Naomi Kawase – Hanezu no tsuki

Julia Leigh – Sleeping beauty

Maiwenn – Polisse

Terrence Malick – The tree of life

Radu Mihaileanu – La source des femmes , The Source

Takashi Miike – Ichimei, Hara-Kiri: death of a Samurai

Lynne Ramsay – We need to talk about Kevin

Markus Schleinzer – Michael

Lars Von Trier – Melancholia

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

May the best man win, as long has he was born in Italy.

There is an Italian short being shown too, I know they are often forgotten so lets hear it for Pasquale Marino, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografi and his film (17 minutes)  L’estate che non viene,  Till the Summer Comes.


Bernardo Bertolucci to receive an award at Cannes.

by Marianne Wi

Bernardo Bertolucci is one of my top ten Italian Directors, a living legend still making films today. He is currently in London where his films are being shown in retrospect. Few of Italy’s current film directors are as famous and esteemed as Bertolucci both home and abroad.

The honorary Palme d’Or will be presented on the 11th May 2011 during the Opening Ceremony of the 64th edition of the Festival. Bertolucci is only the third Director to be awarded this prestigious statute, the first was Woody Allen back in 2002 followed by Clint Eastwood in 2009. Robert di Niro, who stared in Bertolucci’s film Novecento, 1900 will be present at the ceremony, he is this years Top Dog among the Judges. For more information on Bertolucci read on: Bernardo Bertolucci takes on London 06.04.2011

Watch a clip for “The Last Tango in Paris” here

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