Monday, May 26, 2008

European Cinema at its best

So, Laurent Cantet scooped the Palme d'Or at Cannes yesterday, for his latest film, Entre Les Murs. I haven't seen the film yet, but if his riveting Emploi du Temps (2001) and Vers le Sud (2005) are anything to go by, the critics haven't slipped up in nominating him for the coveted prize. Well done Laurent!

Another festival gem that I'm dying to catch a glimpse of is Desplechin's Un Conte de Noël. Starring the dazzling Catherine Deneuve and the brilliant Mathieu Almaric, who were both in his glorious Rois et Reine (2004), this is sure to be fantastic.

Paolo Sorrentino, the quirky Italian director who made the baffling but thought-provoking Amico di Famiglia (2006) and the chilly, disturbing Conseguenze d'Amore (2004), won the special jury prize for his political satire about Italy's seven-time prime minister Andreotti.

I also can't wait to watch Win Wenders' new film, Palermo Shooting. I absolutely adored Wings of Desire and this looks like it's set to be equally as daring and original, with a killer soundtrack to boot.

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