Not sure if anything could have possibly made me happier this morning, but sometimes it pays to hope against hope as it were. In something of a triumph for hard art cinema, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's ridiculously anticipated new film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives has taken the Palm D'or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The upward trajectory of his Cannes prizes over the years had me believing this could be the year, but even still, there seemed to be many other well-liked films that would have been somewhat more universal in selection (say, Mike Leigh's Another Year). Also, in lieu of my second preference (Certified Copy) taking either of the top two prizes, the jury graciously awarded the film's star, Juliette Binoche, as the Best Actress in competition.
And for being what many had pegged as a weak Cannes lineup this year, I gotta say I'm stoked that barely anything I was anticipating bit the critical dust. In fact, with films like Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme, Sangsoo Hong's HaHaHa, Zhangke Jia's I Wish I Knew, and Lee Chang-Dong's Poetry-- along with the the aforementioned trio and a handful of enticing films that I have no frame of reference for whatsoever-- this looks like I could be one of the more fruitful fests in a while. Anyway, here are the winners, stoking the anticipation to even greater heights no doubt.
Palme d’Or: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”
Grand Prix: “Of Gods and Men”
Best Actor: (tie) Javier Bardem, “Biutiful” and Elio Germano, “La Nostra Vita”
Best Actress: Juliette Binoche, “Certified Copy”
Best Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong, “Poetry”
Best Director: Mathieu Amalric, “On Tour”
Jury Prize: “A Screaming Man”
Camera d’Or: “Año Bisiesto,” Michael Rowe
Best Short Film: “Chienne d’Histoire”