CATEGORIES Foreign Language, Independent, Awards, Cannes, Festival Reports, Cinematical Indie, Awards, Cinematical
Celebrity Sightings: Lindsay Lohan looking like she's attending a toga party. Mischa Barton looking like a creepy Stepford Wife. Are these signs that Cannes is winding down?
Deals: Another pickup for IFC: Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier.
News: Hong Sangsoo's Ha Ha Ha (pictured) won the top award in the Un Certain Regard section. A special award was also given to Los Labios actresses Adela Sanzhez, Eva Bianco and Victoria Raposo. The first annual Queer Palm award, given to an LGBT film, goes to Gregg Araki's Kaboom. Director's Fortnight winners include Pieds nus sur les limaces, Illegal, Le Quatro Volte and Vuk, a dog who co-stars in Le Quatro Volte. And the Cinefondation Awards for student works were spread to films from Finland, France, Serbia and the U.S. (NYU).
International critics awarded FIPRESCI prizes to Matthieu Amalric's Tournee (On Tour), Pal Adrienn and Todos vos sodes capitans. And the Cannes Ecumenical jury awarded its Prix to Xavier Beauvois' Des hommes et des Dieux with special mentions going to Another Year and Poetry.
Guardian's Jason Solomons names winners for his own Trash Awards, including Best Film Certified Copy.
indieWIRE Love: Wrapping up Day 11 In the fest-ending Critics poll, Charles Ferguson's new doc Inside Job is the best-reviewed while Hideo Nakata's Chatroom topped the list of worst films. Eugene Hernandez interviewed Carlos star Edgar Ramirez. Brian Brooks interviewed "director to watch" David Robert Mitchell, of The Myth of the American Sleepover. Anne Thompson tells us how Eliot Spitzer is relevant to Cannes this year. Eric Kohn gives Two Gates of Sheep one of the greatest compliments in saying it looks like a Terrence Malick film. He also calls Le Quatro Volte "cinema at its most primal"
@jamesrocchi (of MSN Movies): "Un Certain Regard winner: Sangsoo's HAHAHA -- a bloodless, flabby exercise in twee whimsy that drove me from the theater. #itaintdogtooth"
@eug (Eugene Hernandez of indieWIRE): "Unexpected: 'Tender Son,' Kornel Mundruczo's Frankenstein adaptation, may end up being one of my favorites of #Cannes!"