Weekend Playlist: Cannes Film Festival Winners
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“Cannes” you believe it’s time for the annual Cannes Film Festival? Cinephiles from all over have waited for this prestigious and glamorous festival, now in its seventy-first year and in full swing through May 19th, to commence. Cannes is a star-studded event that attracts the crème de la crème of the cinema world, showcasing films that go on from this auspicious debut to become widely regarded as masterpieces. In our excitement for this year’s iteration, we’ve decided the only logical way to honor the occasion is by screening films from the Fandor collection that have been crowned past winners, including those who have earned Cannes’ most acclaimed awards, the Palme d’Or and the Grand Prix.
Top 5 From the Playlist
Uncle Boonmee is living in the countryside and dying of kidney failure. His deceased wife returns as a ghost to care for him, and his son returns in non-human form. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or in 2010, Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a mixture of melodrama, magical realism, myth, and fantasy, with gorgeous and surrealistic imagery and displays of reincarnation that will bewitch viewers into a dreamscape unlike anything they’ve seen.
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In Amores Perros, from Academy Award®-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant, Babel), three stories intertwine around one car crash. Gael Garcia Bernal stars in one of the stories as Octavio, who becomes involved with dogfighting in order to run away with his brother’s wife Susana. The second story focuses on the relationship of a publisher and a supermodel who breaks her leg in the crash, and the third intersecting story concerns the life and past of a vagrant hitman. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, it was the winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize, Grand Golden Rail, and Young Critics Award, and went on to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001. No dogs were harmed in the making of this film.
Jellyfish is a portmanteau film that follows the lives of three women in Tel Aviv. Their stories begin at a wedding: Batya is a server at the wedding who takes in an abandoned child she finds at a beach, Keren is the bride, and Joy is a domestic worker from the Philippines accompanying one of the guests. Directors Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret craft a moving and humorous look at the everyday, a beautiful portrait of the lives of these different women that won the Caméra d’Or, SACD Award, and Young Critics Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
A Neapolitan fishmonger is obsessed with being a contestant on “Big Brother”, but begins to unravel as he is overcome with paranoia and the belief that he will be selected for the show. The super saturated colors of Reality create a fantastical distorted perspective of a plot that tragically and hilariously shows the perils of reality television and media influence. Matteo Garrone's black comedy won the Grand Prize of the Jury and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. His film Dogman will premiere In Competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is back at Cannes this year with his latest film, The Wild Pear Tree. Climates stars Ceylan and his real-life wife, Ebru Ceylan, as a couple whose relationship is shattered while vacationing on the Aegean coast. Including naturalistic performances and gorgeous cinematography, Climates, which was the winner of the FIPRESCI Award and a nominee for the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, is a wonderful introduction to Ceylan’s subtle and poetic flavor of captivating filmmaking.
Now playing—on the French Riviera, and your house: Cannes Film Festival Winners