ARTS & LEISURE

Palme d’Or for Abdellatif Kechiche’s film

The jury chaired by Steven Spielberg and having Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu among its members announced the winners of the 66th Cannes Film Festival on Sunday evening.

No big surprises. There was talk about the film directed by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Khechiche standing a chance to get the  Palme d’Or for his „La vie d’Adele. Chapitre 1 et 2” („Blue is the Warmest Colour”). Five years after „Entre les murs” by Laurent Cantet, France gets a new Palme d’Or. In this endearing look at the sentimental life of young artist Emma (Lea Seydoux) and high school girl Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos), Abdellatif Kechiche praises French youth and the Tunisian revolutionary spirit, showing the courage to straightforwardly approach the issue of homosexuality, but also the gift of articulated action, which should be seen as social study on today’s youth.
While „Le Passé” by Asghar Farhadi was credited with a chance to win, too, it nonetheless earned the Award for Best Actress, which went to Berenice Jojo (Mariel), who also gave a memorable performance in „The Artist”.
Steven Spielberg and his jury awarded the Grand Prix to American film „Inside Llewyn Davis” directed by Ethan and Joel Cohen, about the life of a folk singer in the musical universe of the 1961 Greenwich Village. This choice for the award shows a balance being struck between the all-too daring and the traditional, under the baton of an open-minded director-jury paying great attention to the dynamics of cinematic life. While we expected the Award for Best Actor to go to Michael Douglas for his part in „Behind the Candelabra” directed by Steven Soderbergh, it was Bruce Dern, also an American, who got the prize for playing old man Woody Grant in „Nebraska” by Alexander Payne.
The Award for Best Director gave the upper hand to the violent scenes in „Heli” of Mexican director Amat Escalante. The Jury Prize went to Japanese film „Like Father, like Son” by Kore-Eda Hirokazu. Chinese production “A Touch of Sin” by Jia Zhangki won the Award for Best Screenplay.
Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”, a last-minute entry in the film competition, came empty-handed, as did Roman Polanski’s  „La Venus a la fourrure”, where Emmanuelle Seigner (Vanda) gave an impressing performance. The other sections, too, announced their winners.
„In the Fishtank” a school film directed by Cristian Tudor Jurgiu, shown in the Cinefondation Section, got the 3rd prize. At this year’s Cannes, Cristian Mungiu was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters, in Rank of Officer, in recognition for his merits and those of the Romania cinematography as well.

Mungiu: We awarded the cinema, there have been no political prizes
Cristian Mungiu told the press conference after the award giving ceremony Sunday evening that this year’s jury wanted to award the cinema, and not given political prizes. “We, the jury, haven’t had the feeling we left something of essence out. The honors list is the result of a biased effort made by nine people who have to reach a decision. I believe our honors list is close to what the journalists and the viewers had in mind. We have tried to discover in these films something different from professional elements, we’ve sought those things that touch us, that’s why it was so difficult, but in the end we voted and I believe the honors list is consonant with those films we saw fit to win after these two weeks of the festival,” Mungiu said.

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