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Cannes 08: “The Class” Graduates With Honors

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05272008_theclass.jpgThe 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped this past Sunday, having been the scene of big Hollywood premieres like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and smaller but no less anticipated ones from filmmakers like the Dardenne brothers, Arnaud Desplechin and Atom Egoyan. In the end, it was a French film that won the Palme d’Or — the first homegrown feature to take the top prize since 1987’s “Under Satan’s Sun.” The film, a late entry in the competition, was directed by Laurent Cantet, whose past work includes “Time Out” and “Heading South,” and follows a year in the life of a teacher in an inner city Parisian school. Opening remarks from jury Sean Penn, who told the press that “We are going to feel very confident that the filmmaker of [the winning film] was very aware of the times within which he (or she) lives,” had many guessing that one of the fest’s many somber-themed flicks would end up getting lauded, but Cantet’s critically acclaimed work was also applauded for being enjoyable and entertaining. Here’s a complete list of the prizewinners.

IN COMPETTION – FEATURE FILMS

    Palme d’Or:
    “Entre les murs” (The Class), directed by Laurent Cantet

    Grand Prix:
    “Gomorra,” directed by Matteo Garrone

    Prize of the 61st Festival de Cannes ex-aequo:
    Catherine Deneuve for “Un conte de Noël,” directed by Arnaud Desplechin
    Clint Eastwood for “Changeling”

    Award for the Best Director:
    “Üç maymun” (Three Monkeys), directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    Jury Prize:
    “Il Divo,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino

    Best Performance from an Actor:
    Benicio Del Toro in “Che,” directed by Steven Soderbergh

    Best Performance from an Actress:
    Sandra Corveloni in “Linha de Passe,” directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas

    Award for the Best Screenplay:
    “Le Silence de Lorna” (Lorna’s Silence), directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

IN COMPETITION – SHORT FILMS

    Palme d’Or:
    “Megatron,” directed by Marian Crisan

    Jury Prize:
    “Jerrycan,” directed by Julius Avery

CAMÉRA D’OR

    Caméra d’Or (for best first film):
    “Hunger,” directed by Steve McQueen (Un Certain Regard)

    Caméra d’Or Special Mention:
    “Vse Umrut a Ja Ostanus” (They Will All Die Except Me), directed by Valeria Gaï Guermanika (Critics Week)

UN CERTAIN REGARD

    Un Certain Regard Prize:
    “Tulpan,” directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy

    Jury Prize:
    “Tokyo Sonata,” directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    Heart Throb Jury Prize:
    “Wolke 9,” directed by Andreas Drese

    The Knockout of Un Certain Regard:
    “Tyson,” directed by James Toback

    Prize of Hope:
    “Johnny Mad Dog,” directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

CINEFONDATION

    First Cinéfondation Prize:
    “Himnon” (Hymn), directed by Elad Keidan (The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School, Israël)

    Second Cinéfondation Prize:
    “Forbach,” directed by Claire Burger (La fémis, France)

    Third Cinéfondation Prize:
    “Stop,” directed by Park Jae-ok (The Korean Academy of Film Arts, Corée du Sud)
    “Kestomerkitsijät” (Roadmarkers), directed by Juho Kuosmanen (University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finlande)

[Photo: “The Class,” Haut et Court, 2008]

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

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Colin the Chicken

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Dream Of The ’90s

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No You Go

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A-O River!

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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