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2006 indieWIRE Blog Poll

poster2.jpgIn response to fellow blogger Tom Hall‘s call to arms, as well as the 2006 indieWIRE Critics’ poll I am posting my year end list. I have violated the rules laid down by Mr. Hall and indieWIRE because I felt like it and because I have trouble following directions. I have doubled the performance categories and thrown some runners up, as well as a few “worst of the year” mentions. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my blog, my rules!
Also, there are many films I have yet to see, including The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, L’Enfant, Army of Shadows (returning soon to Film Forum!), Old Joy, Casino Royale, Borat, Half Nelson, The Last King of Scotland, Volver…. now it’s just getting embarrassing. As a result, I get the feeling I will be monkeying with my list as the year winds down this week. The “best first feature” section is especially barren for me, not having seen any of the indieWIRE-listed films. That said, I am pretty ok with my choice. As for the “best documentary” category, I am woefully unprepared for this one. (Jesus, I am getting more and more pathetic as this goes on….). I am therefore leaving it blank and hope to fill it in at a later date.
On with the poll!

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2006 Cannes Winners

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
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.