The Cannes Film Festival has wound up. For me, the most exciting news was that Woody Allen's newsest film Vicky Cristina Barcelona was very well received and we're getting it soon (late August). The Hollywood Reporter commented that Woody Allen "rediscovers his comic and romantic side" and People said Allen "scored big" with this "irresistible comedy."
Eastwood's Changling was also apparently well-received even if it didn't win any awards.
The festival will be remembered for the splashy premieres of two US popcorn flicks— Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Kung-Fu Panda (People reported that Kung-Fu Panda "proved a cheerful palate cleanser between the grimmer, slice-of-downbeat-life films dominating Cannes' roster.")
The winner of the Palme d'Or? The Class aka Entre les murs. We'll see if this gets US distribution as a result of its win (it's general release in France begins on October 15th).
Other winners included:
Grand Prize: Gomorrah
Jury Award: Il Divo
Best Actor: Benicio del Toro for Che
Best Actress: Sandra Corveloni for Linha de Passe
Best Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Three Monkeys
Best Screenplay: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Lorna's Silence
Link to AP article via CNN.com.