Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan won the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival tonight, with Tokyo Sonata taking the Jury Prize. Well, darn ... it figures that one of the few films we didn't manage to catch at the fest ended up winning the category.
The film is a Kahzakstanian tale of a young man who must marry before he can become a shepherd, but the only prospect he has is Tulpan, the daughter of another shepherding family, who doesn't like him because his ears are too big.
I'm a bit surprised by this, to be honest ... I've heard not a single twitter about this film from any of the very smart film folks we've been hanging with at the fest, but perhaps that's because it played yesterday opposite Abel Ferrara's Chelsea on the Rocks and the press conference for Synecdoche, NY. Given what I've heard about the Ferrara, folks maybe would have been better off seeing Tulpan.
Since I've not seen Tulpan yet, I can't say that it's undeserving of the top prize in the UCR category, but I can say that there were quite a few films I would have liked to see win -- Tokyo Sonata was fantastic, Steve McQueen's Hunger had tremendous critical buzz, and Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt's newest film, was even better than her previous effort, Old Joy. Ah, well.
Other prizes in Un Certain Regard went to Andreas Dresen's Wolke 9 (Heat Throb Jury Prize), James Toback's Tyson (Knockout of Un Certain Regard) and Johnny Mad Dog (The Prize of Hope). We've reviewed Tokyo Sonata, Hunger and Tyson already; reviews of Wolke 9, Johnny Mad Dog and Wendy and Lucy, and Chelsea on the Rocks are forthcoming.