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Benh Zeitlin & ‘TWILIGHT 75′; Nanni Moretti & American Glamour

Nanni MorettiWhile in the press room after the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony, Official Competition jury president Nanni Moretti (photo) recognized Emmanuelle Riva’s and Jean-Louis Trintignant’s contributions to Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour / Love. Moretti explained that whichever movie gets the Palme d’Or cannot receive any other award. As a result, neither Riva nor Trintignant could have won as Best Actress / Best Actor. [List of Cannes 2012 winners; AMOUR, REALITY, Cristian Mungiu: Cannes WinnersMads Mikkelsen, Carlos Reygadas: Cannes Winners.]

The information above comes from Accréds’ Twitter account. Another tweet remarked on jury member Andrea Arnold’s admiration for Best Director Carlos Reygadas’ controversial Post Tenebras Lux, which was loudly booed at its press screening. Both Arnold and fellow jury member Raoul Peck were likely ardent supporters of the (for some) surprising Best Director choice.

Back to Nanni Moretti: the Italian filmmaker told the assembled journalists that he is "not against glamour, but it must be found in movies that please me. " According to Accréds, Moretti was referring to the American movies in competition, particularly Andrew Dominik / Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly and John Hillcoat / Shia LaBeouf / Tom Hardy’s Lawless. None of the US productions won a single Official Competition award.

Moretti also said he "noticed that some filmmakers were more enamored of their style than of their characters." It’s unclear whether he was referring to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis (starring Robert Pattinson as a limo-riding billionaire) or Leos Carax’s Holy Motors (starring Denis Lavant as various limo-riding eccentrics). Or perhaps some other movie(s). Despite a number of fervent supporters among film critics, both Cosmopolis and Holy Motors rode away from Cannes empty handed.

And without going into details, Moretti implied that no award was handed out unanimously.

And finally, Caméra d’Or* (and Sundance) winner Benh Zeitlin (for Beasts of the Southern Wild) was asked, "Sundance, Cannes, if you’re ever at the Oscars, are you one day going to make Twilight 75?" The question was greeted by laughter in the press room. As for Zeitlin, perhaps aware that the Twilight Saga ends with Bill Condon’s upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2, answered, "I don’t believe so."

* For Best First Film. The jury president was Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues.

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