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Can’t Be At Cannes 2011, Awards Edition

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Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” was a front-runner to make last year’s Cannes Film Festival but the film wasn’t finished in time. This year’s Cannes jury decided it was worth the wait, as it gave “The Tree of Life” the festival’s biggest prize, the Palme d’Or at the annual Cannes awards ceremony (the film opens in limited release this Friday). The jury, which included filmmakers Olivier Assayas and Johnnie To, actors Jude Law and Uma Thurman, and jury president Robert De Niro, also gave an award to controversial director Lars von Trier’s film “Melancholia,” though not to the director himself. Instead they bestowed Best Actress honors on his actress, Kirsten Dunst.

Other big winners were “Bronson” director Nicolas Winding Refn, who took home the Best Director prize for his new film “Drive,” a crime film starring Ryan Gosling as a movie stuntman-turned-wheelman, and the Dardennes Brothers, whose “The Kid With a Bike,” shared the festival’s second place Grand Prix award with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”

The film I read and heard the most positive word of mouth about from colleagues at the festival was the French film “The Artist,” which earned a Best Actor award for star Jean Dujardin. The film is an old-fashioned silent picture set in Hollywood during the transition to sound cinema, and also features American stars like John Goodman and James Cromwell. Look for it in US theaters in the near future; the film was acquired by The Weinstein Company at Cannes.

Here’s the full list of winners.

FEATURE FILMS

Palme d’Or
“The Tree of Life,” Directed by Terrence Malick

Grand Prix (tie)
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
and “The Kid With a Bike,” Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Best Director
Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar, “Footnote”

Best Actress
Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia”

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Jury Prize
“Polisse,” Directed by Maiwenn

SHORT FILMS

Palme d’Or – Short Film
“Cross (Cross – Country),” Directed by Maryna Vroda

Jury Prize – Short Film
“SWIMSUIT 46,” Directed by Wannes Destoop

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Prize of Un Certain Regard (tie)
“Arirang,” Directed by KIM Ki-Duk
and “Stopped On Track,” Directed by Andreas Dresen

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
“Elena,” Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard
“Be Omid E Didar,” Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

CINEFONDATION

1st Prize Cinéfondation
“The Letter,” directed by Doroteya Droumeva

2nd Prize – Cinéfondation
“Drari,” Directed by Kamal Lazraq

3rd Prize Cinéfondation
“Fly By Night,” Directed by Son Tae-gyum

Caméra d’or (Best First Feature)
“Las Acacias,” Directed by Pablo Giorgelli

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.