The winners of this year’s Cannes Film Festival have just been announced!
As I look over these winners and think about the rather muted reviews that came out of Cannes this year, I have to ask: Is it just me or is 2016 shaping up to be a fairly blah year for the movies?
I mean, just think about last year at this time. Everyone at the Cannes Film Festival was excited over Carol. People were still talking about how much they loved Brooklyn and End of The Tour at Sundance. Both Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex Machina were playing in theaters. Inside Out was on the verge of being released and people were whispering that Straight Outta Compton might actually be a great movie. There was a lot to be excited about!
This year, however, it’s just like, “Who cares?” Even the excitement that some people have for Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation and Martin Scorsese’s Silence feels more obligatory than sincere.
(Did Sasha Stone go to Cannes this year? I know I could check the Awards Daily web site but, as of late, reading Awards Daily has become almost as tedious as reading the Daily Kos. But I mention Stone specifically because she epitomizes something that I’ve noticed about almost all of the big names in the online film community. They are currently more concerned with bitching about this meaningless and stupid election than in talking about movies. Even when they do talk about movies, it’s always in relation to this election. BLEH! Political situations are only temporary. Movies are forever.)
Anyway, just from what I did hear back from Cannes, I’m looking forward to seeing Personal Shopper, Elle, The Neon Demon, Toni Edrmann, and American Honey. I doubt I’ll get a chance to see the Palme D’or winner because it’s a Ken Loach film and Ken Loach films rarely get much distribution in the U.S.
In fact, when Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or (and this is his second time to win), he immediately started trending on twitter. In the UK, he was trending because people were saying, “Ken Loach won!” In the US, he was trending because everyone who is not a member of Film Twitter was saying, “Who is Ken Loach and who does he play for?”
(As for how this will affect the upcoming Oscar race, it probably won’t. With the exception of the year that Tree of Life won the Palme d’Or and then went on to to score a best picture nomination, Cannes is usually ignored by the Oscar voters.)
Anyway, here’s the winners!
Palme d’Or: “I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach, U.K.)
Grand Prix: “It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan, Canada-France)
Director (tie): Olivier Assayas, “Personal Shopper” (France), and Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation” (Romania)
Actor: Shahab Hosseini, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Actress: Jaclyn Jose, “Ma ‘Rosa” (Philippines)
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, “American Honey” (U.K.-U.S.)
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Camera d’Or: “Divines” (Houda Benyamina, France-Qatar)
Short Films Palme d’Or: “Timecode” (Juanjo Jimenez, Spain)
Special Mention – Short Films Palme d’Or: “The Girl Who Danced With the Devil” (Joao Paulo Miranda Maria, Brazil)
Ecumenical Jury Prize: “It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan, Canada-France)
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Un Certain Regard Prize: “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” (Juho Kuosmanen, Finland)
Jury prize: “Harmonium” (Koji Fukada, Japan)
Director: Matt Ross, “Captain Fantastic” (United States)
Screenplay: Delphine and Muriel Coulin, “The Stopover” (France)
Special Jury Prize: Michael Dudok de Wit, “The Red Turtle” (France-Japan)
Art Cinema Award: “Wolf and Sheep” (Shahrbanoo Sadat)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “The Together Project” (Solveig Anspach)
Europa Cinemas Label: “Mercernary” (Sacha Wolff)
Grand Prize: “Mimosas” (Oliver Saxe)
Visionary Prize: “Album” (Mehmet Can Mertoğlu)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Diamond Island” (Day Chou)
Competition: “Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade, Germany-Austria)
Un Certain Regard: “Dogs” (Bogdan Mirică, Romania-France)
Critics’ Week: “Raw” (Julia Ducournau, France-Belgium)