Category: Film Festivals, Awards

03/23/09


"In Jerusalem, love has many roadblocks."

Palestine

Rana's Wedding 2002
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Bushra Karaman, Clara Khoury

Official Selection! - 2002 Cannes Film Festival
Winner! - Nestor Almendros Prize, 2003 Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Winner! - Best Actress, Clara Khoury, Marrakech Film Festival

Shooting on location in East Jerusalem and Ramallah, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad (Academy Award® nominee, Paradise Now) offers a romantic and compelling portrait of love under occupation and everyday life turned upside down. When Rana (Clara Khoury) is faced with an ultimatum - choose a husband from a list of eligible, respectable men or leave for Egypt - she goes searching for a lover of her own choosing. Moving across checkpoints to the West Bank, finding a wedding dress in a war zone, and settling family differences all in just ten hours, Rana finds. . . in Jerusalem, love has many roadblocks. Typecast Films

Arabic dialogue with English Subtitles


02/13/09


AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... Watch the 81st Annual Academy Awards Presentation on Sunday February 22, 2009

The first talking Picture to win an Academy Award:

Broadway Melody 1929
Directed by Harry Beaumont
Starring: Anita Page, Bessie Love

The Broadway Melody was MGM's first all-talking picture. Studio chief Louis B. Mayer had initially dismissed sound films as a fad, but when a tedious semi-documentary, White Shadows in the South Seas, was turned into a box-office bonanza simply by adding a few post-production sound effects, Mayer became committed to the new format and ordered that no expense be spared. The result was a then-unheard-of $4 million success and a Best Picture Oscar. Much of the credit for The Broadway Melody should be given to Douglas Shearer. When producer Irving Thalberg complained that one of the film's biggest musical numbers was too static, he suggested using pre-recorded music, just one of many sound engineering firsts that would be credited to Shearer, who got his job because he was Thalberg's brother-in-law. As with the first year of the Oscars, a five-member "Central Board of Judges" determined the winners. A scandal erupted when Academy founder and vote supervisor Mayer's pet project was picked for the top prize. The rules were quickly changed, and for the third year of the awards and thereafter, Academy members have selected the winners. The Broadway Melody has retained little popularity with current-day audiences, though fans of Singin' in the Rain will likely enjoy seeing the source for many of the film's reference points. Nonetheless, Bessie Love's performance stands out, as do several of the production numbers, most notably "The Wedding of the Painted Doll." ~ Richard Gilliam, All Movie Guide

Last Years Oscar winning Picture:

No Country for Old Men 2007
Produced and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Jarvier Bardem

The Coen brothers make their finest thriller since Fargo with a restrained adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel. Not that there aren't moments of intense violence, but No Country for Old Men is their quietest, most existential film yet. In this modern-day Western, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is a Vietnam vet who could use a break. One morning while hunting antelope, he spies several trucks surrounded by dead bodies (both human and canine). In examining the site, he finds a case filled with $2 million. Moss takes it with him, tells his wife (Kelly Macdonald) he's going away for awhile, and hits the road until he can determine his next move. On the way from El Paso to Mexico, he discovers he's being followed by ex-special ops agent Chigurh (an eerily calm Javier Bardem). Chigurh's weapon of choice is a cattle gun, and he uses it on everyone who gets in his way--or loses a coin toss (as far as he's concerned, bad luck is grounds for death). Just as Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), a World War II vet, is on Moss's trail, Chigurh's former colleague, Wells (Woody Harrelson), is on his. For most of the movie, Moss remains one step ahead of his nemesis. Both men are clever and resourceful--except Moss has a conscience, Chigurh does not (he is, as McCarthy puts it, "a prophet of destruction"). At times, the film plays like an old horror movie, with Chigurh as its lumbering Frankenstein monster. Like the taciturn terminator, No Country for Old Men doesn't move quickly, but the tension never dissipates. This minimalist masterwork represents Joel and Ethan Coen and their entire cast, particularly Brolin and Jones, at the peak of their powers. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Titanic 1997 and All About Eve 1950 both held the record for the most nominations (14) earned by a single movie.

Titanic 1997
Directed by James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic broke box office records and garnered bushels of awards; it remains one of the top-grossing films of all times. A large part of its appeal lay in the central (fictional) story of the doomed young lovers, London socialite Rose DeWitt Decatur (Kate Winslet) and impoverished American artist Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), who ultimately sacrifices his own life to save hers. A good tragic love story is a time-tested recipe for cinematic success.

But even people whose heartstrings remained untugged by the tearjerker tale couldn't help but be entranced at the spectacle of the great Titanic brought to life on the big screen, and the lavish re-enactment of its tragic sinking makes for stellar cinema. There's just something about the Titanic that resonates with us on a deep, subconscious level, and it is that element that ultimately raises Cameron's film above mere Hollywood bathos. --Jennifer Ouellette

All About Eve 1950
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis, Anna Baxter

Showered with Oscars, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. The film also gives deviously talented actors such as George Sanders and Thelma Ritter a chance to speak dazzling lines; Davis bites into her role and never lets go. A classic from Mankiewicz, a legendary screenwriter and the brilliant director of A Letter to Three Wives, The Barefoot Contessa, and Sleuth. --Tom Keogh

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003, Titanic 1997 and Ben Hur 1959 are the 3 best Picture winning films with the most Oscars (11).

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. Director Peter Jackson's awe-inspiring adaptation of the Tolkien classic The Lord of the Rings could never fully satisfy those who remain exclusively loyal to Tolkien's expansive literature, but as a showcase for physical and technical craftsmanship it is unsurpassed in pure scale and ambition, setting milestone after cinematic milestone as the brave yet charmingly innocent Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) continues his mission to Mordor, where he is destined to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring of Power in the molten lava of Mount Doom. While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and the great wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Frodo and stalwart companion Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) must survive the schizoid deceptions of Gollum, who remains utterly convincing as a hybrid of performance (by Andy Serkis) and subtly nuanced computer animation... --Jeff Shannon

Ben Hur 1959
Directed by William Wyler
Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

Ben-Hur scooped an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards® in 1959 and, unlike some later rivals, richly deserved every single one. This is epic filmmaking on a scale that had not been seen before and is unlikely ever to be seen again. But it's not just running time or a cast of thousands that makes an epic, it's the subject matter, and here the subject--Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and his estrangement from old Roman pal Messala (Stephen Boyd)--is rich, detailed, and sensitively handled. Director William Wyler, who had been a junior assistant on MGM's original silent version back in 1925, never sacrifices the human focus of the story in favor of spectacle, and is aided immeasurably by Miklos Rozsa's majestic musical score, arguably the greatest ever written for a Hollywood picture. At four hours it's a long haul (especially given some of the portentous dialogue), but all in all, Ben-Hur is a great movie, best seen on the biggest screen possible. --Mark Walker

Clean Sweeps: Only four Best Picture winners have won every award for which they were nominated (the first was five for five, the next two were nine for nine, and LOTR was 11 for 11; except for the 1934 film, none of the films were nominated for acting awards):

* 5 for 5: It Happened One Night (1934)
* 9 for 9: Gigi (1958)
* 9 for 9: The Last Emperor (1987)
* 11 for 11: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Big Five: Only three films have won the top five awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay):

* It Happened One Night (1934)
* One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
* The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

It Happened One Night 1934
Directed by Frank Capra
Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert

Director Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) took home every Oscar in the book (well, okay, all the major ones) for this seminal 1934 comedy starring Clark Gable as a hard-bitten reporter who stays close to a runaway heiress (Claudette Colbert) rather than lose a good story. Funny and sexy, the film is full of memorable scenes often referred to in other films, such as the "walls of Jericho" (a mere bedcover hung on a line down the middle of a room so opposite-sex roommates can get undressed), and Colbert's famous flash of thigh to stop a speeding car in its tracks. Capra's brisk, urbane brand of wit was a perfect complement to his populist faith in the common man (in this case, Gable's character), and that inspired combination makes this film both a spirited entertainment and an uplifting experience. --Tom Keogh

Frank Capra classic starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Only one of three films in Academy history to sweep all five major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
Directed by Milos Forman
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher

A nice rest in a state mental hospital beats a stretch in the pen, right? Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), a free-spirited con with lightning in his veins and glib on his tongue, fakes insanity and moves in with what he calls the "nuts." Immediately, his contagious sense of disorder runs up against numbing routine. No way should guys pickled on sedatives shuffle around in bathrobes when the World Series is on. This means war! On one side is McMurphy. On the other is soft-spoken Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), among the most coldly monstrous villains in film history. At stake is the fate of every patient on the ward. Based on Ken Kesey's acclaimed bestseller, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest swept all five major 1975 Academy Awards: Best Picture (produced by Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas), Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Fletcher), Director (Milos Forman) and Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman). Raucous, searing and with a superb cast that includes Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd in his film debut, this one soars. Amazon

Silence of the Lambs 1991
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster

Based on Thomas Harris's novel, this terrifying film by Jonathan Demme really only contains a couple of genuinely shocking moments (one involving an autopsy, the other a prison break). The rest of the film is a splatter-free visual and psychological descent into the hell of madness, redeemed astonishingly by an unlikely connection between a monster and a haunted young woman. Anthony Hopkins is extraordinary as the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, virtually entombed in a subterranean prison for the criminally insane. At the behest of the FBI, agent-in-training Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) approaches Lecter, requesting his insights into the identity and methods of a serial killer named Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). In exchange, Lecter demands the right to penetrate Starling's most painful memories, creating a bizarre but palpable intimacy that liberates them both under separate but equally horrific circumstances. Demme, a filmmaker with a uniquely populist vision (Melvin and Howard, Something Wild), also spent his early years making pulp for Roger Corman (Caged Heat), and he hasn't forgotten the significance of tone, atmosphere, and the unsettling nature of a crudely effective close-up. Much of the film, in fact, consists of actors staring straight into the camera (usually from Clarice's point of view), making every bridge between one set of eyes to another seem terribly dangerous. --Tom Keogh


10/30/08


"A key work of the French New Wave"

France

Lola 1962
Directed by Jacques Demy
Starring: Anouk Aimee, Jacques Harden

The innovations of the French New Wave were many, but one was the uncorking of sheer joy: joy in youth, joy in rule-breaking, joy in cinema. No film of the era is more blissful than Jacques Demy's Lola, a bittersweet ode to first loves and missed opportunities. Gorgeously photographed by Raoul Coutard (shortly after his groundbreaking work on Breathless), it's set in the atmospheric seaside town of Nantes. At the center of the interlocking storylines is a dancer (the stunning Anouk Aimée), who reunites with an ennui-burdened childhood friend (Marc Michel) but pines for the memory of a long-lost sailor. Lola points toward Demy's subsequent musical treasures, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, which together form one of the great happy visions in all of movies: a niche between workaday reality and a fairy-tale world in which everything works out exactly as it should. --Robert Horton
French dialogue with English subtitles


07/09/08


"Stylish, Lively and Intelligent"

Hello, Hemingway 1991
Directed by Fernando Perez
Starring: Laura de la Uz, Raul Paz

Havana in the 1950's. Larita loves Elvis Presley, Ernest Hemingway and her rebellious friend Victor. However, Victor is more interested in the turbulent political situation in Cuba than Larita's likes and dreams. Hoping to study in the United States, Larita quickly discovers that her origins and poverty work against her. In spite of the obstacles, she is inspired by her own rich fantasy world, and Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea becomes her own story of striving for a better future. First Run Features
Spanish dialogue with English subtitles


03/07/08


AFI's Top 5 Films

American Film Institute

AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.

1. Citizen Kane 1941
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Georgia Backus

Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles's 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions, and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconsciousness. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brecht on film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films from the 20th century. --Tom Keogh

2. The Godfather 1972
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino

Generally acknowledged as a bona fide classic, this Francis Ford Coppola film is one of those rare experiences that feels perfectly right from beginning to end--almost as if everyone involved had been born to participate in it. Based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel about a Mafia dynasty, Coppola's Godfather extracted and enhanced the most universal themes of immigrant experience in America: the plotting-out of hopes and dreams for one's successors, the raising of children to carry on the good work, etc. In the midst of generational strife during the Vietnam years, the film somehow struck a chord with a nation fascinated by the metamorphosis of a rebellious son (Al Pacino) into the keeper of his father's dream. Marlon Brando played against Puzo's own conception of patriarch Vito Corleone, and time has certainly proven the actor correct. The rest of the cast, particularly James Caan, John Cazale, and Robert Duvall as the rest of Vito's male brood--all coping with how to take the mantle of responsibility from their father--is seamless and wonderful. --Tom Keogh

3. Casablanca 1943
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films. This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made. --Tom Keogh

4. Raging Bull 1980
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty

Martin Scorsese's brutal black-and-white biography of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta was chosen as the best film of the 1980s in a major critics' poll at the end of the decade, and it's a knockout piece of filmmaking. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta (famously putting on 50 pounds for the later scenes), a man tormented by demons he doesn't understand and prone to uncontrollably violent temper tantrums and fits of irrational jealousy. He marries a striking young blond (Cathy Moriarty), his sexual ideal, and then terrorizes her with never-ending accusations of infidelity. Jake is as frightening as he is pathetic, unable to control or comprehend the baser instincts that periodically, and without warning, turn him into the rampaging beast of the title. But as Roman Catholic Scorsese sees it, he works off his sins in the boxing ring, where his greatest athletic talent is his ability to withstand punishment. The fight scenes are astounding; they're like barbaric ritual dance numbers. Images smash into one another--a flashbulb, a spray of sweat, a fist, a geyser of blood--until you feel dazed from the pummeling. Nominated for a handful of Academy Awards (including best picture and director), Raging Bull won only two, for De Niro and for editor Thelma Schoonmacher. --Jim Emerson

5. Singin' in the Rain 1952
Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse


No one even bothers to argue about it any more--by any standard and international consensus, this is the best movie musical of them all. Its arcane, unlikely milieu is Hollywood during the transition in the late 1920s from silent to sound motion pictures. Its reason for being was producer Arthur Freed's desire to use the catalog of songs he had written with Nacio Herb Brown in the '20s and '30s for various shows and movies. But, ironically, it's now the soundtrack that seems cobbled together from disparate sources, while the movie itself remains seamless. That's thanks to a literate screenplay by Adolph Green and Betty Comden and ebulliant acting and dancing by the young Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. Jean Hagen is especially brilliant as the silent-screen star whose speaking voice is so screechy she has to be dubbed for talkies. Kelly codirected with Stanley Donen, and both can take credit for a masterpiece. Musical standouts are "You Were Meant for Me," "Good Morning" and "All I Do Is Dream of You." Visually, the indelible image will always be Kelly sloshing around in puddles while singin' in the rain. That said, this coupling of video with a definitive version of the soundtrack benefits from Rhino's meticulous reconstruction of the material and extensive annotations, which only enhance our grasp of this film and musical legend's gestation. ---Robert Windeler


02/15/08


Oscar in love

Having just celebrated Valentine's Day, love is in the air... or not. Here are some worthy Oscar contenders of great loves lost and won, and a few memorable examples of why sometimes, it just doesn't pay to fall in love in the first place.

Married, single, wishing you were single, hoping to fall in love again or to fall in love for the first time, there's something on this list for everyone, be you cynic or romantic.

Double Indemnity (1944)

The African Queen (1951)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Barefoot in the Park (1967)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Love Story (1970)

Harold and Maude (1971)

The Way We Were (1973)

A Star is Born (1976)

Annie Hall (1977)

Coming Home (1978)

On Golden Pond (1981)

Moonstruck (1987)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

As Good As it Gets (1997)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Movie Maven



Past Academy Award Winners for Best Picture...you may have forgotten

The following films are available from the RPL catalogue:

Grand Hotel 1932

Starring screen legends Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and John Barrymore. It is the only film to have won the Best Picture Award without obtaining nominations in any other categories. Features Garbo's famous line "I want to be alone" (#30 in the list of AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes).

It Happened One Night 1934

Frank Capra classic starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Only one of three films in Academy history to sweep all five major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Director.

Life of Emile Zola 1937

1937 movie biography of famous French author Émile Zola. It depicts his friendship with noted painter Paul Cézanne and his involvement in the Dreyfus affair. It is the first biographical film to win the Oscar for Best Picture (Wikipedia.com)

The Best Years of Our Lives 1946

Three WWII veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. The film received seven Academy Awards, including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Score, and Best Director.

An American in Paris 1951

Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. All the music is by George Gershwin (and lyrics by his brother Ira). The climax is "The American in Paris" ballet, a 17 minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin's "An American in Paris." The sequence took a month to film and cost half a million dollars. Kelly choreographed all of his dance scenes.

Tom Jones 1963

British comedy starring Albert Finney and based upon the classic 1749 Henry Fielding novel, The History of Tom Jones,a Foundling. One of the most popular motion picture comedies of its time, noted for its style in which actors often looked directly into the camera and addressed the audience.

The French Connection 1972

Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. In addition to Best Picture, received awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor.

Amadeus 1984

Directed by Milos Forman and starring Tom Hulce as Mozart. The film is a "biopic" based very loosely on the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. It is an extravagant movie capturing the costumes, culture, and most important, the music of the era.

Out of Africa 1985

A sweeping, gloriously romantic epic based on a true story set in 20th century colonial Kenya, where a Danish baroness/plantation owner (Meryl Streep) has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunter (Robert Redford). Ranked #13 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions list.

Silence of the Lambs 1991

One of only three films in Academy history to sweep all five major categories. Other films to do this: It Happened One Night (see above) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The American Film Institute named Hannibal Lecter the greatest movie villain of all time.

Features famous quote: "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."

Million Dollar Baby 2004

Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. The movie earned Eastwood his second Oscar for Best Director (the other being for Unforgiven). Overlooked numerous times for previous Oscar-worthy performances, Morgan Freeman finally took home his first Academy win for Best Supporting Actor.

The Departed 2006

Shut out of the Oscar win many times, with this film Martin Scorsese finally received the big prize for Best Director, a recognition that long overdue after such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas. All-star cast featuring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen.


12/14/07


Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association have announced nominations for The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Awards will take place Sunday, January 13, 2008, at The Beverly Hilton with a live telecast airing on NBC at 8 PM (EST).

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA

American Gangster
Atonement
Eastern Promises
The Great Debaters
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Golden Globe Trivia:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is the only film to win the Globe in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay)


12/11/07


Cannes Film Festival Winners

The Cannes Film Festival is a prestigious international event held annually in Cannes, in the south of France since 1946 with a few exceptions. Given mass exposure, the festival is attended by many movie stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe. The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palm d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film: this is sometimes shared by multiple films in one year.

For availability of the following films, please check the Library's catalogue

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Palm d'or Award winners:

2009
Das Weisse Band. Directed by Michael Haneke (Austria/Germany/France/Italy)

2008
Entres Les Murs (The Class). Directed by Laurent Cantet (France)

2007
4 Luni, 3 Sapamini si 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). Directed by Christian Mungiu (Romania)

2006
The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Directed by Ken Loach (UK)

2005
L'Enfant. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium/France)

2004
Fahrenheit 9/11. Directed by Michael Moore (USA)

2003
Elephant. Directed by Gus Van Sant (USA)

2002
The Pianist. Directed by Roman Polanski (Poland)

2001
Dancer in the Dark. Directed by Lars Von Trier (Denmark)

2000
The Son's Room. Directed by Nanni Movetti (Italy)

1999
Rosetta. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium)

1998
Eternity and a Day. Directed by Theo Angelopoulos (Greece)

1997
Taste of Cherry. Directed by Abbas Kiarostamin (Iran)

1996
Secrets and Lies. Directed by Mike Leigh (UK)

1995
Underground. Directed by Emir Kusturica (France/Germany)

1994
Pulp Fiction. Directed by Quentin Tarantino (USA)

1993
Farewell My Concubine. Directed by Kaige Chen (China)

1992
The Best Intentions. Directed by Billie August (Sweden)

1991
Barton Fink. Directed by Joel Cohen (USA)

1990
Wild at Heart. Directed by David Lynch (USA)

1989
Sex, Lies and Videotape. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (USA)

1988
Pelle the Conqueror. Directed by Billie August (Denmark/Sweden)

1987
Under the Sun of Satan. Directed by Maurice Pialat (France)

1986
La Mission. Directed by Roland Joffe (UK)

1985
When Father Was Away on Business. Directed by Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia)

1984
Paris, Texas. Directed by Wim Wenders (Japan)

1983
The Ballad of Narayama. Directed by Shohei Imamura (Japan)

1982
Missing. Directed by Costa-Gavras (USA)
La Permission. Directed by Serif Goren, Yilmaz Guney (France)

1981
Man of Iron. Directed by Andrzej Wajda (Poland)

1980
All That Jazz. Directed by Bob Fosse (USA)

1979
Apocalypse Now. Directed Francis Coppola (USA)

1978
The Tree of Wooden Clogs. Directed by Ermanno Olmi (Italy)

1977
Padre Padrone. Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani (Italy)

1976
Taxi Driver. Directed by Martin Scorsese (USA)

1975
Chronicle of the Years of Embers. Directed by Mohammed Lakhdar Hamina (Algeria)

1974
The Conversation. Directed by Francis Coppola (USA)

1973
The Hireling. Directed by Alan Bridges (UK)
Scarecrow. Directed by Jerry Schatzberg (USA)

1972
The Mattei Affair. Directed by Francesco Rosi (Italy)
Lulu the Tool. Directed by Elio Petri (Italy)

1971
The Go-Between. Directed by Joseph Lose (UK)

1970
M*A*S*H. Directed by Robert Altman (USA)

1969
If.. Directed by Lindsay Anderson (UK)

1968
Cancelled Due to Unstable Political Climate

1967
Blow Up. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (UK/Italy)

1966
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians. Directed by Pietro Germi (France/Italy)

1965
The Knack.and How to Get It. Directed by Richard Lester (UK)

1964
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Directed by Jacques Demy (France)

1963
The Leopard. Directed by Luchino Visconti (France/Italy)

1962
Given Word. Directed by Anselmo Duarte (Brazil)

1961
The Absence. Directed by Henro Colpi (France/Italy)

1960
La Dolce Vita. Directed by Frederico Fellini (Italy)

1959
Black Orpheus. Directed by Marcel Camus (France)

1958
Cranes are Flying. Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (USSR)

1957
Friendly Persuasion. Directed by William Wyler (USA)

1956
The Silent World. Directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle (France)

1955
Marty. Delbert Mann (USA)

1954
The Gate to Hell. Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa (Japan)

1953
The Wages of Fear. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (France)

1952
Two Pennyworth of Hope. Directed by Renato Castellani (Italy)

1951
Miracle in Milan. Directed by Vittorio De Sica (Italy)

1949
The Third Man. Directed by Carol Reed (UK)

1947
Antoine et Antoinette. Directed by Jacques Becker (France)

1946
Red Earth. Directed by Lau Lauritzen (Denmark)


11/30/07


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