‘Uncle Boonmee,’ Bardem, Binoche take gold at Cannes

Posted by · 9:53 am · May 23rd, 2010

No prizes for guessing which award here makes me happiest. I’m quite proud of having semi-called (who sees a tie coming, anyway?) Elio Germano for Best Actor — didn’t hear anybody else mentioning his name. Also got the top two prizewinners, just in reverse order. More discussion later, but for now, I have a dinner appointment to keep. The list of winners:

Palme d’Or: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”

Grand Prix: “Of Gods and Men”

Best Actor: (tie) Javier Bardem, “Biutiful” and Elio Germano, “La Nostra Vita”

Best Actress: Juliette Binoche, “Certified Copy”

Best Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong, “Poetry”

Best Director: Mathieu Amalric, “On Tour”

Jury Prize: “A Screaming Man”

Camera d’Or: “Año Bisiesto,” Michael Rowe

Best Short Film: “Chienne d’Histoire”

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  • 1 5-23-2010 at 10:50 am

    James D. said...

    ..AND who?

  • 2 5-23-2010 at 11:04 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Go Thai Joe Go!

  • 3 5-23-2010 at 11:16 am

    Loyal said...

    Dinner appointment, FINALLY!

  • 4 5-23-2010 at 11:46 am

    Jim T said...

    Loyal, yes, it seems that

    1) Binoche has both an Academy award and a Cannes award


    2) Guy will eat!!

  • 5 5-23-2010 at 11:49 am

    Victor S said...

    Binoche not only has and Oscar and Cannes. With the Cannes win she completes the festival triple crown: Venice for Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Berlin for The English Patient and now Cannes.

  • 6 5-23-2010 at 11:53 am

    red_wine said...

    By the reaction Uncle Boonmee was clearly an extremely popular choice. Everybody seems very happy with it winning. France might now submit Of Gods and Men which has the important air about it. And Binoche is really quite the star, beautiful and graceful and did bring up Panahi. She’s definitely not going to other plaudits after this.

    I would say Burton acquits himself well with a well liked choice of winners and a truly bold choice for the Palm.

  • 7 5-23-2010 at 12:03 pm

    Michael said...

    Yay Juliette Binoche! So glad she won and cannot wait for Certified Copy to come out. I don’t really have any interest in any of the other films (that won) but I will probably end up seeing Biutiful, On Tour, and Uncle Boonmee eventually. Sorta a lackluster set of films but Guy’s coverage was anything but lackluster. So glad you are getting to eat, tell the waiter you are pregnant and are eating for two!

  • 8 5-23-2010 at 12:07 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks for kicking ass with your coverage, Guy. Well done.

  • 9 5-23-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Sieben said...

    A Screaming Man? Weird.

    Germano? Also pretty weird. I heard more good things about Xueqi in Chongqing Blues.

    Binoche’s win is not altogether surprising and only gets me more excited for the film – although I really did think Jung-hee had it in the bag.

    Amalric, and Another Year walks away with nothing? Go figure.

    Really enjoyed your coverage, Guy. Thanks.

  • 10 5-23-2010 at 12:44 pm

    Maxim said...

    Juliette Binoche is incredibly overrated. That aside, I’m a little surprised that “Another Year” failed to get any prizes.

    This won’t change the films potential Oscar prospects though.

  • 11 5-23-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Edward L. said...

    An interesting set of winners.

    Guy, thanks for your terrific coverage. It’s been a pleasure reading it.

  • 12 5-23-2010 at 1:08 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Am I the only one that finds that title absolutely ridiculous (Uncle Boonmee…)?

  • 13 5-23-2010 at 1:25 pm

    Sieben said...

    Oh yeah, and good for Thai Joe. One of my favourite directors; I’m bursting at the seams to watch Uncle Boonmee.

  • 14 5-23-2010 at 3:02 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    English: I find the title slightly precious, I admit. And “Uncle Boonmee Recalls His Past Lives” would at least sound a little less clunky.

    Anyway, I shouldn’t keep harping on the film. Onward!

  • 15 5-23-2010 at 3:05 pm

    Nel said...

    First of all great coverage Guy but I must not be the only one who now wants to send you food parcels.

    On the prizes, have to say I expected the Manville to win Best Actress and this would start her Oscar campaign but I am equally glad that Binoche won. I have to say that I was rather suprised by Amalric winning best director given the universal average reviews.

  • 16 5-23-2010 at 5:10 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “Juliette Binoche is incredibly overrated.”

    She is underrated, under-appreciated, and damn near forgotten stateside.

  • 17 5-23-2010 at 5:14 pm

    via collins said...

    Another note of appreciation for your effort in covering as many bases as possible through the fest. This was my first year missed in 8, but you had me feeling very connected indeed.

    Urgent question: where did you eat at the end, and how was it?


    Via Collins.

  • 18 5-23-2010 at 9:11 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Collins: At the ever-fantastic Lahore Kebab House in East London — a hearty curry fix. Don’t you worry ’bout me!

    Thank you (and everyone else) for the kind words … glad you enjoyed the coverage.

  • 19 5-24-2010 at 1:26 am

    Glenn said...

    Yes, excellent coverage of the fest (the only coverage I was really following). Great stuff!

  • 20 5-25-2010 at 4:22 pm

    Me. said...

    So far, the most I’m looking forward the most this year are the ones that were presented at Cannes: “Uncle Boonmee”, “Biutiful”, “La Nostra Vita”, “On Tour”, “Certified Copy”.

    I’m only anticipating “Inception” from the movies with Oscar buzz so far.

  • 21 5-26-2010 at 12:58 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “La Nostra Vita” is nothing to look forward to, believe me — even if I did see that Best Actor award coming. Major disappointment after Luchetti’s last film.

    Why only the winners? Would you be looking forward to “Another Year” if it had taken an award? ;)

  • 22 5-28-2010 at 11:31 am

    Chris G. said...

    Is it just me that can’t find it, or why isn’t Incontention covering the Semaine de la critique? It might not be the main competition, but if you want a pointer on which documentary feature will end up in the oscar race, Danish Janus Metz won the side competition / critics award with his Afghanistan-war – danish soldier portrait documentary, Armadillo.

    It’s the first documentary to ever win that competition, and the the film has had almost near perfect reviews in international press, with many critics putting it up there and comparing it to “The Hurt Locker” in terms of it being a relevant and essential comment on the war, and what it does to the soldiers fighting it.