Cannes in 60 Seconds - 2009

The Cannes Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday evening with the presentation of the Palme d'Or to Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. Filmed in black and white, it's "a two-and-a-half hour parable of political and social ideas set entirely in a north German village in 1913 and 1914," says Dave Calhoun at Time Out London. Haneke "solidly resists answering the 'what's it all about?' question and makes you work hard to make sense of what you're seeing." David Hudson at IFC's The Daily has gathered the reviews, some of which endeavor to answer the "What's it all about?" question.

As is often the case, the nine-member jury passed out awards to as many films as possible. The Grand Prix (or runner-up) went to Jacques Audiard's A Prophet; Special Jury Prize to Alain Resnais for Wild Grass; and Best Director to Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay. Christoph Walz won Best Actor for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Charlotte Gainsbourg won Best Actress for Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist. The complete list of winners can be easily viewed at indieWIRE. The festival's official site has a great set of award ceremony photos.

Here's a roundup of Cannes films we can expect to see in coming months. Corrections and updates will be appreciated.


  • Antichrist (IFC)
  • A Prophet (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Bright Star (Bob Berney and Bill Polhad)
  • Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Drag Me to Hell (Universal)
  • Humpday (Magnolia Pictures)
  • I Love You Phillip Morris (Consolidated Pictures Group)
  • Inglourious Basterds (Weinstein Co.)
  • Looking For Eric (IFC)
  • Precious (Lionsgate)
  • Taking Woodstock (Focus Features)
  • Tales From the Golden Age (IFC)
  • Thirst (Focus Features)
  • Up (Disney Pixar)
  • The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics)

You can access all our Cannes coverage via this handy link.

categories Awards, Cinematical