The other day I went through and provided a quick report on the films that had played so far and the critical reactions to each, as well as speculation on what the likely winners will be. At that point there were a few films that had not yet screened. Before I get into the winners I thought I would give a quick overview of how they were received.
- David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis caused a stir on the release of the trailer a few weeks back, which suggested that Cronenberg was returning to the violence and surreality that his most famous films are notorious for. It also stars Robert Pattinson, trying to prove that he is a capable actor outside of the god-awful Twilight franchise. The film has been very divisive and oddly I believe it is set mostly in cars (Crash, anyone). I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not. A lot of his films that have divided critics - Videodrome, Naked Lunch and Crash for example - have been awesome. The Guardian called it "agonizingly self-conscious and meagre", though many have been very very impressed by Mr. Pattinson. Still a must-see.
- In the Fog has drawn plenty of attention, with many critics considering it a real threat to take the Palme d'Or. It is directed by Belarusian director Sergei Loznitsa, and is a slow-moving drama set during World War II. Comparisons to Andrei Tarkovsky mean nothing but good things in my book, but I hear it is bleak bleak bleak.
- Mud is Jeff Nichols' hotly anticipated follow-up to Take Shelter, one of the best films to hit cinemas last year. Nichols actually won the Grand Prix for Take Shelter. Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey), describes fantastic scenarios - he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. The film received a rousing ovation, but some have been disappointed about the final act. It sounds a bit like a Huckleberry Finn-type tale.
My predictions were: Palme (Amour), Prix (Rust and Bone), Jury (The Hunt or In the Fog), Actor (Denis Lavant, Holy Motors), Actress (Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone), Director (Leos Carax, Holy Motors, or Michael Haneke, Amour) and Screenplay (Jeff Nichols, Mud)
Here are some of the winners:
Grand Prix - Reality, directed by Matteo Garrone
Prix du Jury - The Angel's Share, directed by Ken Loach
Best Actress - Christina Flutur and Cosima Stratan, Beyond the Hills
Best Actor - Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt
Best Director - Carlos Reygadas, Post Tenebras Lux
Best Screenplay - Christian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills
Prix Un Certain Regard - After Lucia, directed by Michael Franco
Special Jury Prize - The Big Night, directed by Benoit Delepine and Gustav Kervern
Special Distinction - Children of Sarajevo, directed by Aida Begic
Best Actress - Emily Dequenne, Loving Without Reason and Suzanne Clement, Laurence Anyways.
Camera d'Or (Best First Film) - Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin
In Competition FIPRESCI Prize - In the Fog, directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Un Certain Regard FIPRESCI Prise - Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin
Director's Fortnight Prize - Hold Back, directed by Rachid Djaidani
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg