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CANNES 1998: News (2)

All the news from Cannes as it happens, from Urban Cinefile Editor, Andrew L. Urban. (Part 2)

24/5/98: THE WINNERS
Theo Angelopoulos has won the Palme d’Or for his film Mia Eoniotita Ke Mia Mera (Eternity and a Day). "It is true that I have often received awards, and it is flattering. But the most beautiful reward, was the public's enthusiasm at last night's screening."

The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Italy’s Roberto Benigni for La Vita E Bella (Life is Beautiful). "It's a film, it's a dream. I am so happy that I could dance the tango on the table."

Palme d'Or: Eternity and a Day (pic) by Theo Angelopoulos "

Grand Jury Prize: La Vita e Bella by Roberto Benigni
Best Actor: Peter Mullan for his role in My Name is Joe by Ken Loach
Best Director: John Boorman for The General
Best Actress: Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier for their roles in La Vie Revee des Anges by Eric Zonca
Best Screenplay: Hal Hartley for Henry Fool
Jury Technical Prize: Vittorio Storaro for his technique in Tango by Carlos Saura
Special Jury Prize: La Classe de Neige by Claude Miller and Festen by Thomas Vinterberg
Best Artistic Contribution Prize: Velvet Goldmine by Todd Haynes
Camera d'Or: Slam by Marc Levin
Best Short Film: l'Interview by Xavier Grannoli
Second Prize: Gasman by Lynne Ramsay and Horseshoe by David Lodge

Jury President Martin Scorsese (pic) was decorated with the Legion of Honor for his worldwide contribution to cinema by French minister of culture and communication, Catherine Trautmann.

"With each new film a director feels like a student," said Scorsese, and praised the festival for the creation of the Cinéfondation section, inaugurated this year to present movies by film students.

Of the 15 short films screened in this new section, three prizes were awarded. First prize went to Jakub by Adam Guzinski (National Film Television and Theatre School, PWSFTVit, Poland). The Sheep Thief by Asif Kapadia (Royal College of Art/Film and TV Department, England) was awarded second prize and Mangwana by Manu Kurewa (National Film and Television School, NFTS, England) was awarded third prize. As the winner, Guzinski will have the opportunity to have his first feature presented by the Festival.

The jury, presided by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, included Emmanuel Béart, Angela Molina, Jaco van Dormael and Arnaud Desplechin.




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