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The Cannes 2010 award winners.

The Cannes 2010 award winners. (photo)

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After what was deemed by most critics to be an off-year (indieWIRE‘s Todd McCarthy declared none of the films in competition worthy of a grade “higher than a B”), Cannes announced its 2010 award winners. The biggest — and by most accounts, most pleasant — surprise belonged to the big enchilada, the Palme d’Or, which was awarded by the Tim Burton-led jury to Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” “Hands down the most deserving Palme d’Or since I’ve been attending Cannes,” raved Mike D’Angelo in The A.V. Club.

Twitter was, well, atwitter over Joe’s win, thanks to critics who’ve been fans of his work throughout the last decade/ (Three of his four films placed on indieWIRE‘s poll of the best films of the 2000s, with his last film “Syndromes and a Century” just missing the top ten by two points). Their reportage wasn’t exactly objective — it was a bit like watching election night on a channel where the anchors pause between returns for a round of chest bumps — but I guess that’s what happens when critics cover a film competition.

Observing Cannes from afar is tough because those of us stuck Stateside during the festival know it will be months — or, gulp, even years — before we’ll have a chance to see movies like “Uncle Boonmee.” Here’s the full list of 2010 Cannes award winners, along with links to where you can find the winners’ previous work while you wait for their new films make their way here.

Palme d’Or: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)

Weerasethakul’s last three features — 2002’s “Blissfully Yours,” 2004’s “Tropical Malady,” and 2006’s “Syndromes and a Century,” — are available on Amazon. All three, plus Joe’s debut, 2001’s “Mysterious Object at Noon,” are also available on disc from Netflix.

05242010_ofgodsandmen.jpgGrand Prize (2nd place): “Of Gods and Men,” directed by Xavier Beauvois (France)

Beauvois’ last directorial effort, 2005’s “The Young Lieutenant,” is available for purchase on Amazon, or on disc and streaming from Netflix.

Jury Prize (3rd place): “A Screaming Man,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad)

Haroun has made quite a few movies, but most are unavailable in the United States. His 2006 film “Daratt,” winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, is available on disc from Netflix and from Amazon, though if you want to buy it there, you’ll have to get it on a double feature where it’s packaged with Mohamed Chouikh’s “The Desert Ark.” Amazon also has his 2002 film “Abouna”.

Best Director: Mathieu Amalric for “On Tour” (France)

“On Tour” is Almaric’s directorial debut, but he is already one of France’s most accomplished actors. He’s best known here as the villain in the last Bond film, “Quantum of Solace,” but to get a real taste of his talents, start with his terrific performance in 2005’s “Kings and Queen” from director Arnaud Desplechin; it’s available instantly from Netflix. For the full complement of Amalric’s available work, you can try Amazon.

Prize of Un Certain Regard: “Hahaha,” directed by Hong Sang-soo (Korea)

Not a lot of options available here; Netflix has three of his films available for rent — 1998’s “The Power of Kangwon Province,” 2004’s “Woman is the Future of Man,” and 2006’s “Woman on the Beach” — with “Woman is the Future of Man” also available for instant streaming. Amazon has two other Hong films for sale: 2002’s “Turning Gate” and 2000’s “Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors.”

The Rest of The Winners

05242010_biutiful.jpgCOMPETITION
Best Actor: Javier Bardem, “Biutiful” (Mexico) and Elio Germano, “La Nostra Vita” (Italy)
Best Actress: Juliette Binoche, “Certified Copy” (Iran)
Best Screenplay: Lee Chang-Dong, “Poetry” (Korea)
Camera d’Or (Best Debut Feature): “Ano Bisiesto” directed by Michael Rowe (Mexico)
Best short film: “Chienne d’Histoire,” directed by Serge Avedikian (France)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Jury Prize: “Octubre,” directed by Daniel Vega and Diego Vega (Peru)

Special Prize: Three actresses: Adela Sanzhez, Eva Bianco, and Victoria Rapos, in “Los Labios,” directed by Ivan Fund and Santiago Losa (Argentina)

See all of our coverage of this year’s festival.

[Photo: “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” The Match Factory, 2010; “Of Gods and Men,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2010; “Biutiful,” Focus Features, 2010]

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.