The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival ended over the weekend, and winners were announced for the Un Certain Regard and Palme d'Or categories on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Those are the cream of the crop for the year, prestige-wise, and while not everyone loves every winner at Cannes, we movie fans can usually agree that they're all worth checking out to see for ourselves.
In a way that means there's no other marketing needed for us. We don't have to watch a trailer for the Palme d'Or winner, because that laurel next to the title is enough to get us to go see Winter Sleep, even if it is more than three hours long. That said, we offer you the opportunity to view the trailer for that and other winners below anyway, just to boost your interest even further.
Palme d'Or: Winter Sleep
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), the film is set in the mountains of Anatolia, where a former actor turned hotel owner is experiencing trouble in his marriage.
Grand Prix: The Wonders
A family living in isolation see their world disrupted by a foreign visitor and a competition reality TV series being taped nearby in this drama from writer-director Alice Rohrwacher. You can watch the trailer, which is in Italian without English subtitles here. Below is an excerpt with English subtitles. Two more clips can be found here.
Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Oscar buzz is circulating for this true sports drama, director Miller (Capote; Moneyball) and its stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.
Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, Leviathan
Zvyagintsev is also the director of this Russian film telling a modernized version of the Bible story of Job set in a small town on the Barents Sea. There is no trailer online yet, but we will update if one becomes available.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
In the latest from David Cronenberg, Moore plays a Hollywood actress. She's also a patient of a psychoanalyst (John Cusack), whose daughter (Mia Wasikowska) becomes her new assistant. The international trailer below is somewhat NSFW.
Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
Spall is once again working with writer-director Mike Leigh for this period biopic about British artist J.M.W. Turner, whom he portrays.
Jury Prize: Mommy
The latest from Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats) is another family drama where an outsider changes the lives of its main characters. Here it's a new neighbor introduced to the world of a widow and her difficult teenage son. No trailer is available yet, but here is a short clip:
Jury Prize: Goodbye to Language
Jean-Luc Godard has made a 3D art film, and its plot is simply and not simply about the affair of a married woman and a single man. The trailer below is NSFW.
Palme d'Or Short Film: Leidi
In this 15-minute film by Simon Mesa Soto, a young Colombian girl goes in search of her boyfriend, the father of her baby, after he doesn't return home.
Short Film Special Distinction: Aissa
An eight-minute film by Clement Trehin-Lalanne about a Congolese girl who has to prove her age or be kicked out of her home. No trailer available.
Short Film Special Distinction: Yes We Love
Set on Norwegian Independence Day, this 15-minute film introduces us to representatives of four different generations in four different locations around the nation.
Un Certain Regard Award: White God
It's man versus dog in this Hungarian drama where nonpedigree pets are outlawed and those canines wind up revolting. It sounds like Rise of the Planet of the Dogs.
Un Certain Regard Jury Prize: Force Majeure (aka Turist)
This Swedish family focuses on a family during a skiing vacation that gets disrupted by an avalanche.
Un Certain Regard Special Prize: The Salt of the Earth
Wim Wenders codirected this documentary with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado about the latter's father, photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The following trailer may be NSFW as it features nude tribespeople.
Un Certain Regard Ensemble Prize: Party Girl
The trio of Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis directed this French film about a 60-year-old bar hostess who enjoys sleeping around but may finally settle down with one of her regular clients. Party Girl also won this year's Camera d'Or, given to the best first feature of the fest. The following trailer features no English subtitles. We will update when one in English becomes available.
Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actor: David Gulpilil for Charlie's Country
Gulpilil, an actor of aborgine descent, plays a man who heads out in an attempt to live the old ways of his people when white man's laws are enforced in his Australian community.
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