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The results are in as the 64th Festival de Cannes festivities came to a close yesterday. Kirsten Dunst was the fashion star and the best actress winner at this storied event. We can wait to see Lars Von Trier’s movie Melancholia in theaters.
The tree of life directed by Terrence Malick.
The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
Once upon a time in Anatolia directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads…
The kid with a bike directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Cyril
Almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home.
By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends.
Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.
Michel Hazavanicius awarded the Prize for Best Actor to French actor Jean Dujardin for his role in The Artist.
About this movie:
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the skies the limit – major movie stardom waits.
The actor knelt before the Jury before being handed the prize by French actress Catherine Deneuve.
The Best Actress Award went to Kirsten Dunst for her role in Lars Von Trier’s movie Melancholia.
About the movie:
Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister and brother-in-law. Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth.
After receiving the Prize from Edgar Ramirez, the winner declared: “What a week! My thanks to the Jury, this is a real honor. I’m grateful to the Festival for keeping the film in Competition. And I’m grateful to Lars Von Trier for letting me play the role with such freedom.”
The Prize for Best Director was awarded to Nicolas Winding Refn for his film Drive.
Drive is the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day, a loner by nature who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. When the job goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best-Drive.
After having received the award from the hands of French actress and director Nicole Garcia, Nicolas Winding Refn said: “It is an immense honor to receive this award because film is a director’s means of expression…
The Award for Best Screenplay went to Footnote directed by Joseph Cedar.
Footnote is the story of a great rivalry between a father and son. Both eccentric professors, they have dedicated their lives to their work. The father seems a stubborn purist who fears the establishment. His son, Uriel, appears to strive on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.
But one day, the tables turn. The two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honor one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory?
POLISS directed by MAÏWENN
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department’s Juvenile Protection Unit – taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments.
How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day?
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