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CANNES 2008 - WINNERS

TOP OF THE CLASS
A French film, The Class, has won the Palme d’Or for the first time since 1987, a little known Brazilian actress, Sandra Corveloni, won the actress prize playing the pregnant single mother of four boys in Sao Paulo's slums in, Linha de passé, and Australia’s Julius Avery won the Jury Prize for his short film, Jerrycan.


Cannes 2008 closed with France scoring the Palme d’Or, but French interests in half a dozen other awarded films should also be noted, and that’s not counting the special achievement award handed to Catherine Deneuve (along with one for long time Cannes favourite, Clint Eastwood).

Speaking of Americans, considering their heavy presence, most went home empty handed – except for Clint and James Toback, whose story of Mike Tyson was given the ‘we have a sense of humour’ ‘Knock out Award’ by the Un Certain Regard Jury.

Meanwhile, helping Italy have its best Cannes in many years, Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo, about former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, took the jury prize.

Australia’s Julius Avery will no doubt ride a wave of excitement and opportunity having won the Jury Prize for his short, Jerrycan; while it’s not quite as exciting as the actual Palme d’Or for shorts, it comes a creditable second.

French director Laurent Cantet (The Class) has had both his previous two films released in Australia: Time Out (2001) and Heading South (2005). No doubt The Class will also be seen here. His acceptance speech concluded: “The film we wanted to make was supposed to look like French society: multi-faceted, lively, and complex, with conflicts that the film was not going to try to gloss over. I hope that's what the film looks like, and that we didn't get it wrong. Thank you very much!"

THE WINNERS:
COMPETITION
Palme d'Or
"The Class" (dir. Laurent Cantet, France)

Grand Prix
"Gomorrah" (Matteo Garrone, Italy)

Special Prizes of the 61st Cannes Festival
Catherine Deneuve ("A Christmas Tale") and Clint Eastwood ("Changeling")

Director
Nuri Bilge Ceylan ("Three Monkeys," Turkey-France-Italy)

Jury Prize
"Il Divo" (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)

Actor
Benicio Del Toro ("Che," Spain-France)

Actress
Sandra Corveloni ("Linha de passe," Brazil-France)

Screenplay
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ("Lorna's Silence," Belgium-France-Italy-Germany)

SHORT FILMS JURY PRIZES
Palme d'Or
"Megatron" (Marian Crisan, Romania)

Special Mention
"Jerrycan" (Julius Avery, Australia)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Main Prize
"Tulpan"(Sergey Dvortsevoy, Germany)

Jury Prize

"Tokyo Sonata" (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)

Heart Throb Jury Prize
"Cloud 9" (Andreas Dresen, Germany)

The Knockout of Un Certain Regard
"Tyson" (James Toback, U.S.)

The Prize of Hope
"Johnny Mad Dog"(Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, France)

OTHER AWARDS
Camera d'Or
"Hunger" (Steve McQueen, U.K.);

Special Mention
"Everybody Dies But Me"(Valeria Gai Germanika, Russia)

Cinefondation Awards

"Anthem"(Elad Keidan, Israel) - first prize; "Forbach"(Claire Burger, France) - second prize; "Stop" (Park Jae-ok, S. Korea), "Roadmarkers"(Juho Kuosmanen, Finland) - third prize, shared

Fipresci Awards:
"Delta"(Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary-Germany) - Competition; "Hunger"- Un Certain Regard; "Eldorado"(Bouli lanners, Belgium-France) - Directors' Fortnight

Ecumenical Award
"Adoration"(Atom Egoyan, Canada-France)

Published May 26, 2008
 

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Special Guest Robert De Niro presents Laurent Cantet with the Palme d'Or for his winning film The Class


Benicio Del Toro - best actor for Che (below)



Catherine Deneuve and Jury President Sean Penn


Clint Eastwood and Manoel de Oliveira


Best Director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Three Monkeys

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