Ken Loach Political Drama Wins Palme d'Or + Falkland Islands Drama Tops Tribeca

13th-Time Lucky: Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a depiction of the early 20th-century Irish rebellion against British rule, won the Palme d'Or at this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Upon accepting his award, the 69-year-old British filmmaker – the oldest director with a film in competition this year, which happens to be his thirteenth time at Cannes – remarked that he hoped his film was “a little step in the British confronting their imperial history,” adding, “Maybe if we tell the truth about the past, we can tell the truth about the present.” Written by Paul Laverty, The Wind That Shakes the Barley stars Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, and Liam Cunningham.

The runner-up was Grand Prix winner Flandres, another war film – in this case about an unnamed modern war that could be seen as an analogy to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Directed by controversial French filmmaker Bruno Dumont, Flandres made some viewers uncomfortable because of its downbeat view of humanity. Dumont had already won the Grand Prix in 1999, when his L'Humanité, which follows the investigation on the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in a small French village, created an uproar.

“I think this award really belongs to Pedro. You are the greatest, the greatest. Thank you so much for what you do for women,” remarked Penélope Cruz upon accepting – along with fellow actresses Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave – the group Best Actress Award for their performances in Pedro Almodóvar's Volver / Return, the story of a ghostmother who tries to make peace with her two living daughters, and probably the favorite film at the festival. As a consolation prize, Almodóvar took home the Best Screenplay Award.

The Best Director was Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel, a contemporary tale inspired by the biblical fable, and starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Gael García Bernal, among others, as Earthlings who, despite all the currently available modern technology, can't find the means to communicate with one another.

The Best Actor Award also went to a group of players: Jamel Debbouze, Samy Nacéri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, and Bernard Blancan, the stars of Rachid Bouchareb's Indigènes / Indigenous, another war movie, this one about North African men who'd never set foot in France but who are called to save the Motherland from the Nazi menace.

Among the other awards were the Jury Prize to Andrea Arnold's thriller Red Road, the story of a surveillance center worker with voyeuristic tendencies; the Camera d'Or for Best First Film to Corneliu Porumboiu's A Fost sau na fost? / 12:08, East of Bucharest, described by The New York Times as “a mordant look back at Romania's 1989 Revolution”; and the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film to Sniffer, by Norwegian director Bobbie Peers.

* Seven of Loach's films were shown in competition in previous years.

Cannes Film Festival Awards 2006

Cannes Film Festival 2006: May 17–28

 

FEATURE FILMS

Ken Loach, director, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and presenter Emmanuelle Beart

PALME D'OR
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY by Ken Loach

Bruno Dumont, directed Flandres

GRAND PRIX
FLANDRES by Bruno Dumont

BEST DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu for BABEL

Jamel Debbouze, Samy Nacéri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan in INDIGÈNES

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Jamel Debbouze, Samy Nacéri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan in INDIGÈNES by Rachid Bouchareb

Volver stars Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave, Lola Duenas, Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, and presenter Jean Rochefort at the Cannes Film Festival

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave in VOLVER by Pedro Almodóvar

BEST SCREENPLAY
Pedro Almodóvar for VOLVER

JURY PRIZE
RED ROAD by Andrea Arnold

 

SHORT FILMS

Bobbie Peers, directed Sniffer

PALME D'OR
SNIFFER by Bobbie Peers

JURY PRIZE
PRIMERA NIEVE (Première neige) by Pablo Aguero

HONORABLE MENTION
CONTE DE QUARTIER by Florence Miailhe

 

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE
LUXURY CAR (Voiture de luxe) by Wang Chao

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
TEN CANOES by Rolf De Heer

ACTING AWARD (ACTOR)
Don Angel Tavira in EL VIOLÍN by Francisco Vargas

ACTING AWARD (ACTRESS)
Doroteea Petre in CUM MI-AM PETRECUT SFÂRSITUL LUMII by Catalin Mitulescu

PRESIDENT OF THE JURY AWARD
MEURTRIÈRES by Patrick Grandperret

CAMÉRA D'OR
A FOST SAU NA FOST? (12:08, East of Bucharest) by Corneliu Porumboiu

 

CINÉFONDATION

FIRST PRIZE
GE & ZETA by Gustavo Riet

SECOND PRIZE
MR. SCHWARTZ, MR. HAZEN & MR. HORLOCKER by Stefan Mueller

THIRD PRIZE (tie)
MOTHER by Siân Heder and A VÍRUS by Ágnes Kocsis

Feature Films Jury: Chinese director Wong Kar Wai, President; Italian actress Monica Bellucci; English actress Helena Bonham Carter; Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel; Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang; American actor Samuel L. Jackson; French director Patrice Leconte; English actor-director Tim Roth; and Palestinian director Elia Suleiman.

Un Certain Regard Jury: Monte Hellman, President; Jean-Pierre Lavoignat; Lars-Olav Beier; Laura Winters; Marjane Satrapi; Maurizio Cabonat

Cinéfondation and short films Jury: Russian director Andreï Konchalovsky, President; French actress Sandrine Bonnaire; German actor Daniel Brühl; Malian director Souleymane Cisse; Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner.

Water (2005)Deepa Mehta's controversial Indo-Canadian production Water, which depicts the plight of Indian widows during the Gandhi era, has won the Golden Kinnaree for Best Film at the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival. In 2000, while making the film in India Mehta received death threats from Hindu radicals, and was thus forced to abandon production for several years. Five years later, she resumed working on the film in Sri Lanka. Water, a sizable box office hit in Canada, has been nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for nine Genies, including Best Film and Best Director.

Other winners at the Bangkok Festival were Best Director Park Chan-Wook for Chinjeolhan geumjassi / Lady Vengeance, Best Actor Presley Chweneyagae for his thug with a heart in the Academy Award nominated Tsotsi, and Best Actress Felicity Huffman for her (truly outstanding) performance as a pre-op transsexual in Transamerica.

Princess Ubol Rattana gave Catherine Deneuve the Lifetime Achievement Award. Deneuve took part in a Q&A session following a screening of one of her greatest films, Jacques Demy's sublime 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Le Parapluies de Cherbourg.

Bangkok Film Festival Awards 2006

Golden Kinnaree for Best Film: Water, by Deepa Mehta (Canada / India)

Best Dir.: Park Chan-Wook for Chinjeolhan geumjassi / Lady Vengeance (South Korea)

Best Actor: Presley Chweneyagae, Tsotsi (South Africa / UK)

Best Actress: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica (United States)

Best ASEAN Film: Hat mua roi bao lau / Bride of Silence by Doan Minh Phuong and Doan Thanh Nghia(Vietnam)

Best Documentary: Rize, David LaChapelle (United States)

Jamesan Best ASEAN Short Film: Under Construction, by Lee Hyung-Suk (South Korea)

New Voices Award: Las Mantenidas sin sueños / Kept and Dreamless, by Martin DeSalvo and Vera Fogwill (Argentina)

Jameson People's Choice Award: Art of the Devil 2, by Kongkiat Khomsiri; Art Thamthrakul; Yosapong Polsap; Putipong Saisikaew; Isara Nadee; Pasith Buranajan; Seree Pongniti (Thailand)

Jury Mention (in recognition of excellence): Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales, Umit Unal; Kudret Sabanci; Elim Demirdelen; Yucel Yolcu; Omur Atay (Turkey)

Honorable Mentions: Ballets Russes, by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine (United States), and In the Shadow of the Palms, by Wayne Coles-Janess (Australia)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Catherine Deneuve

Honorary Award: Sombat Metanee

Golden Kinnaree for Contributions to Asian Cinema: Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J. Werner's Fortissimo Films

 

Golden Kinnaree Jury: President – Fred Schepisi (Australia); Donald K. Ranvaud (UK / Italy), Pantham Thongsang (Thailand), Nancy Kwan (Hong Kong / UK), Charles Dance (UK), Julie Delpy (France)

FIPRESCI jury: Hubert Niogret (France), Andronika Matonova (Bulgaria ), Ranjanee Ratnavibhushana (Sri Lanka), Howard Feinstein (USA), Krisda Kerddee (Thailand)

Jury for New Voices: Nantakwang Sirasunthorn (Thailand), Susan López Aranda (Mexico), Denis Pregnolato (South Africa)

Jury for International Documentary: Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand), Tomas Arana (USA)

Cannes Film Festival movie line-up

The 59th Cannes Film Festival will open on May 17. The awards will be announced on May 28.

Films in competition:

LAmico di famiglia / Friend of the Family (Paolo Sorrentino)
Babel (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Il Caimano / The Caiman (Nanni Moretti)
Fast Food Nation (Richard Linklater)
Flandres (Bruno Dumont)
Indegènes / Days of Glory (Rachid Bouchareb)
Iklimer / Les Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Juventude em Marcha (Pedro Costa)
El Laberinto del Fauno / Pans Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
Laitakaupungin valot / Lights in the Dusk (Aki Kaurismaki)
Marie-Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
Quand jetais chanteur / When I was a Singer (Xavier Giannoli)
La Raison du plus faible / The Weakest Is Always Right (Lucas Belvaux)
Red Road (Andrea Arnold)
Selon Charlie (Nicole Garcia)
Southland Tales (Richard Kelly)
Summer Palace (Ye Lou)
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach)

Opening film:
The Da Vinci Code (Ron Howard)

Closing film:
Transylvania (Tony Gatlif)

Official selection – out of competition special screenings:
United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
X-Men 3: The Last Stand (Brett Ratner)
Over the Hedge (Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick)

Official selection – midnight screenings:
Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)
Election 2 (Johnnie To)
Guisi / Silk (Su Chao-pin)

Tribeca Film Festival Awards: Argentinean Falklands War Drama Tops

Tristán Bauer's Iluminados por el fuego / Blessed by Fire, the story of a veteran from Argentina's disastrous Falklands War, won the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Other winners include Best Actor Jürgen Vogel, as a rapist recently released from prison in Der Freie Wille / The Free Will (Germany); Best Actress Eva Holubová for Ucastnici zajezdu / Holiday Makers (Czech Republic); and Best Documentary Feature The War Tapes, which uses digital images recorded by several members of the U.S. National Guard serving in Iraq. The documentary was directed by Deborah Scranton.

Egyptian director Marwan Hamed was chosen Best New Narrative Filmmaker for his controversial Omaret yakobean / Yacoubian Building, which depicts life – including taboo subjects in Muslim countries, such as homo and hetero sexuality, corrupt religious figures, and pedophilia – in a decadent Cairo apartment building. The Best New Documentary Filmmaker Award went to Pelin Esmer for The Play (Turkey).

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Iluminados por el fuego / Blessed by Fire (Argentina / Spain)
Dir.: Tristán Bauer

BEST ACTOR IN A NARRATIVE FEATURE
Jürgen Vogel, Der Freie Wille / The Free Will Dir.: Matthias Glasner (Germany )

SPECIAL MENTION: Adam Imam, Omaret yakobean / Yacoubian Building

BEST ACTRESS IN A NARRATIVE FEATURE
Eva Holubová, Ucastnici zajezdu / Holiday Makers Dir.: Jiri Vejdelek (Czech Republic)

SPECIAL MENTION: Ensemble cast of Holiday Makers

BEST NEW NARRATIVE FILMMAKER
Marwan Hamed, Omaret yakobean / Yacoubian Building (Egypt)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The War Tapes Dir.: Deborah Scranton (USA)

BEST NEW DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
Pelin Esmer, The Play (Turkey)

DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Voices of Bam
Dir.: Aliona van der Horst and Maasja Ooms (The Netherlands)

MADE IN NEW YORK
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
The Treatment (USA)
Dir.: Oren Rudavsky

MADE IN NEW YORK NARRATIVE FEATURE SPECIAL MENTION
A Very Serious Person (USA)
Dir.: Charles Busch

NEW YORK LOVES FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
When I Came Home (USA)
Dir.: Dan Lohaus

NEW YORK LOVES FILM DOCUMENTARY FEATURE HONORABLE MENTION
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (USA)
Dir.: Mary Jordan

and

Cats of Mirikitani (USA)
Dir.: Linda Hattendorf

AUDIENCE AWARD
Cats of Mirikitani (USA)
Dir.: Linda Hattendorf

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
The Shovel
Dir.: Nick Childs (USA)

NARRATIVE SHORT SPECIAL MENTION
Topor and Me
Dir.: Sylvia Kristel (The Netherlands)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Native New Yorker
Dir.: Steve Bilich (USA)

BEST STUDENT VISIONARY SHORT
Dead End Job
Dir.: Samantha Davidson Green (USA)

 

International Narrative Competition Jury: Edward Burns, Terry George, Josh Lucas, Kelly Lynch, Antonio Skármeta, Trudie Styler, Melvin Van Peebles

International Documentary Competition Jury: Ken Burns, Robert Drew, Whoopi Goldberg, Oren Jacoby, Rory Kennedy, Marc Levin

Kerala Film Critics awards

Best Film: Ananthabhadram

Best Director: Santosh Sivan, Ananthabhadram

Best Actor (tie): Manoj K. Jayan, Ananthabhadram and Dileep, Chandupottu

Runner up: Lal, Thommanum Makualam and Bunglavil Oudha

Best Actress: Kavya Madhavan, Ananthabhadram and Sheelabathi

Runner up: Shobha Mohan, Chandupottu

Best Screenplay: Aryadan Shaukat, Daivanamathil

Best Cinematography: Santhosh Sivan, Ananthabhadram

Best New Director: Jogh Esthapan

Best Male Playback Singer: M.G. Sreekumar, Bhaliyam and Mayookam

Best Female Playback Singer: Sujatha, Paranja Pheerath Vishesagal

Best Lyrics: M D Rajendran

Best Child Actor: Riya Jith

Most Popular Actor: Mohanlal, Naran and Thanmatra

Chalachithra Ratna Award: Thilakan, for his contributions to the Malayalam film industry

Kerala is a state in southern India. Most of the population speaks the Malayalam language.

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