CANNES: ‘Tree of Life’ wins Palme d’Or, Dunst takes Best Actress

Posted by · 10:02 am · May 22nd, 2011

And so it came to pass that the pre-festival bookies’ odds were on the money. The most talked-about film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” was handed the Palme d’Or by Robert De Niro’s jury — a major vindication for a film that has been labelled both a masterpiece […]

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CANNES: What will win… and what should

Posted by · 7:14 pm · May 21st, 2011

It’s a funny thing. For 10 days at Cannes, the Croisette hums with stimulating discussion and debate about movies; for the final two, all that chatter dissolves into a single blunt question: “What will win the Palme d’Or?” It’s a little like the Oscars, except without the initial stage of stimulating discussion and debate about […]

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CANNES CHECK: ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’

Posted by · 4:09 am · April 28th, 2011

The director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey) The talent: By this point in his career, auteur-photographer Ceylan is a self-standing arthouse brand — which is just as well, since the other names involved are unlikely to ring many bells with non-Turkish viewers. Leading man Yilmaz Erdo─čan, a 43 year-old actor-writer-director, is a hugely popular figure in […]

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