Cannes Awards – Watch This Space!

logo_festival_hot_2006.gifThe awards for the 59th annual Cannes FIlm Festival will be announced starting at 7:30pm, CET/1:30pm EDT. Watch this space for updated winners as they are announced. Reload the page to see the latest from the Palais de Festival!
Andrea Arnold, director of Cannes competition entry Red Road has just arrived on the red carpet and told cameras that she was asked to return to Cannes by the festival. Clearly her film is going to win something and bets are on the Camera d’Or, the award given to a filmmaker for their debut feature film. Last year’s award was split between Miranda July for Me, You and Everyone We Know and Vimukthl Jayasundara for the French/Sri Lanka coproduction Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land).
The jury has finally arrived at the Palais, 4 minutes before the scheduled arrival time. They apparently walked down the Croisette, rather than take the chauffered limos. Wait until you see Monica Bellucci‘s dress!


014417.jpgIs anyone cooler than Wong Kar-Wai? Not in Cannes, that’s for sure.
More rumors from the Croisette:
According to the English-language translation of the Cannes TV broadcast, Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro is not present at the awards ceremony, leading one to wonder if his fantastic film will not receive an award. It would be a travesty, IMHO.
This is going to be kinda slap dash, so bear with me!
Awards:
Palme d’Or:
The Wind That Shakes The Barley by Ken Loach
Grand Prix:
Flandres (Flanders) by Bruno Dumont
Prix du Scénario (best screenplay):
Pedro Almodovar for Volver
Prix de la Mise en Scène (best director):
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel, a very well received film at this year’s festival. In fact, I ran into a young Swedish director after she had just seen the film and she was shaking and barely able to talk. I didn’t see it and am regetting it more and more with each passing day!
Prix d’interprétation masculine (best actor):
The ensemble cast of Rachid Bouchareb‘s Indigènes (Days of Glory): Jamel Debbouze, Samy Nacéri, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Bernard Blancan)
Prix d’interprétation féminine: (best actress):
Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave, the entire female cast of Pedro Almodovar‘s Volver!
Prix du Jury (Jury Prize):
Red Road by Andrea Arnold
Ok, so I was wrong which prize she was going to win….
Caméra d’Or (best first feature):
A Fost sau n-a fost? (12:08 East of Bucharest) by Corneliu Porumboiu, which screened in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar.
Short FIlm Palme d’Or:
Sniffer by Bobbie Peers. The Short Film Jury presided over by Andrei Konchalovsky also gave the Jury Prize to Primera Nieve by Pablo Aguero and a Special Mention to Conte de Quartier by Florence Miailhe.

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