Sunday, May 26, 2013

2013 Cannes Film Festival Winners

Cannes 2013 is in the bag.  Here is what Steven Spielberg (Jury President) and his jurors-- Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee, Daniel Auteuil, Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Christian Mungiu and Lynne Ramsay picked.

Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d'Adéle)- directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (France)
One of the buzziest films at Cannes netted the top prize-- it tells the story of a young girl grasping with her sexuality, finding herself erotically fixated by a mysterious blue-haired girl.  The film was noted for a graphic twenty minute sex scene and stars Adéle Exarchopoulous and rising star Léa Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol); Sundance Selects acquired the film.

GRAND PRIX (Second Place)
Inside Llewyn Davis- directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (USA)

JURY PRIZE (Prix du Jury)
Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru)- directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan)
Drama about a successful businessman who learns that his biological son was switched at birth.

Arnat Escalante, Heli (France)

Bruce Dern, Nebraska (USA)
Alexander Payne's latest film-- to be released by Paramount for an awards run this November-- is a father/son road trip.  Dern plays the father and former SNL funny man Will Forte plays his son.

Berenice Bejo, The Past (Le Passé) (France)
A Separation director Asghar Farhadi follow-up film set in France concerning the relationship between an Iranian man (played by A Prophet's Tahar Rahim) and his French wife (Bejo.)  Sony Pictures Classics acquired The Past in hopes of replicating the success of Farhadi's earlier film.

A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding)- written and directed by Zhang Jia (China)


FIPRESCI PRIZE (International Federation of Film Critics)
(Competition) Warm is the Bluest Color 
(Un Certain Regard) Manuscripts Don't Burn- directed by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran)
(Directors Fortnight) Blue Ruin- directed by Jeremy Saulnier (USA)- noir film picked up by Weinstein/Radius.

The Past- directed by Asghar Farhadi (France)
Commendations: Miele- directed by Valeria Golino; Like Father, Like Son

Stranger by the Lake (L'inconnou du Lac)- directed by Alain Guiraudie (France)
A mystery set at a gay cruising spot, two men fall for each whilst one of them hides a dark, dangerous secret.  The film was one of the more controversial on the Cannes roster due to it's explicit homosexual sex sequences.   

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