Cannes Winners and Other Buzz

The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend. After the mid-week wildly divided reaction to Steven Soderbergh’s Che Guevera biopics, most talk in the last few days revolved around “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation” scribe Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”.

Like “Che” there again seems to be a divide between the critics – some loving, some loathing but almost all agreeing its a damn strange mindtrip of a movie that’s going to be very hard to market and will find only a limited appeal amongst very discerning audiences. Meanwhile awards were given out on Sunday and the winners are:

Palme d’Or (Golden Palm): “The Class,” Laurent Cantet (France).

Grand Prize: “Gomorrah,” Matteo Garrone (Italy).

Jury Prize: “Il Divo,” Paolo Sorrentino (Italy).

Special 61st Anniversary Prizes: Catherine Deneuve (France) and Clint Eastwood (United States).

Best Director: “Three Monkeys,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey).

Best Actor: Benicio Del Toro, “Che” (United States).

Best Actress: Sandra Corveloni, “Linha de Passe” (Brazil).

Best Screenplay: “Lorna’s Silence,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium).

Golden Camera (first-time director): “Hunger,” Steve McQueen (Britain).

Best short film: “Megatron,” Marian Crisan (Romania).