Monday, May 26, 2008

Best of the Fests: Cannes Winners

The 2008 Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday, which means that prizes were handed out to a bunch of films that we all really haven't heard much about yet, let alone actually seen. Nevertheless, The Class (described as "an evocation of contemporary society as seen through a year's events in a Paris junior high school classroom") became the first French film in 20 years to win the big award, the Palme d'Or, while some recognizable names did take home some of the other honors given at the famed fest's 61st annual festivities.

Special Prizes went to Catherine Deneuve for A Christmas Tale and Clint Eastwood for Changeling, proving that even the French love their Clint (although I'm sure jury chairman Sean Penn had a say in the matter). Benicio del Toro won Best Actor for his title performance in Steven Soderbergh's Che, the four-hour epic biopic of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, best known around these parts as that guy in Evita.

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