Cannes 2011

By Philip Lee on May 27, 2011
At the 64th edition of the Festival de Cannes (11-22 May 2011) the Ecumenical Jury chose as winner of its Prize the film This must be the place, directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy, France, Ireland 2011). "Through the story of Cheyenne, a fallen and aching rock star, Paolo Sorrentino proposes to follow the inner voyage and odyssey of a man searching for his Jewish roots, maturity, reconciliation and hope. A classic drama of great richness and elaborate aesthetics, the film gracefully opens deep and serious paths of reflection."
In addition, the Jury awarded two Commendations. The first to Le Havre, directed by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/France/Germany 2011). "An ode to hope, solidarity and brotherhood : using sophisticated filmmaking, Aki Kaurismaki invites us in a world which he transforms through the magic of the colours, the humour of the dialogues, the humanity of the characters – with 'The Sermon on the Mount' in the background."
The second to Et maintenant on va où?, directed by Nadine Labaki (France/Lebanon 2011). "The women of a small isolated village are ready to do anything to preserve peace between the two communities that are living there together. With much delicacy, Nadine LABAKI succeeds in offering a poetic tale balancing carefully between comedy and tragedy, provoking an emotion that is turned towards hope."

May 27, 2011
Categories:  Cinema|Awards

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