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Cannes: “The Wind” done won.

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Behold! Cillian Murphy's award-winning cheekbones.So:

Palme d’Or: Ken Loach‘s "The Wind That Shakes The Barley"

Grand Prix: Bruno Dumont‘s "Flandres"

Prix du Jury: Andrea Arnold‘s "Red Road"

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, for "Babel"

Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar, for "Volver"

Actress(es): Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Chus Lampreave, Yohana Cobo and Blanca Portillo for "Volver"

Actor(s): Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem and Bernard Blancan for "Indigènes"

Camera d’Or: Corneliu Porumboiu‘s "A Fost Sau NA Fost?"

So.

Safe to say that no one saw that coming, even if, as Roger Ebert writes, "It is apparently true that Sam Jackson told somebody there were going to be ‘big surprises’ when the awards were announced, and there were." Kenneth Turan at the LA Times notes that "jury president Wong Kar Wai said Loach’s powerful story of Irish rebels in the 1920s battling first the British and then one another was the unanimous choice for the top prize after a screening that left the jury speechless."

At the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw concludes that this was just an unexceptional Cannes, and that "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" (and we must say this: What a fucking title.) "although warmly and respectfully received…did not set the Croisette aflame." And the New York Timestwo-headed Cannes monster puts it flatly: "[Loach] has won several prizes, but never before the Palme d’Or. This year he got lucky."

We? Really have nothing here. All carefully phrased hindsight aside, there’s no denying that "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" got a resounding "meh" from the majority of the American press when it premiered. So is Ken Loach just getting his lifetime achievement award? Who can discern what thought processes went on in the multinational mind-meld of our beloved WKW, Lucrecia Martel, Samuel L., a trio of diva actresses and, uh, those other jury members?

Who cares! It’s over, and while we do wish something truly intriguing-sounding (like "Pan’s Labyrinth" — squee!) had won, we’ve got no beef. It’s Cannes. We were hardly competing in an office poll (though we’d love to — next year, folks, let’s do it). The only thing everyone can agree upon is that the out-of-competition films were far more interesting than any in: "Clerks II," "Borat," the "Dreamgirls" teaser, "Shortbus," the restored "Cabiria" and Douglas Gordon‘s "Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait."

At the Hollywood Reporter, Anne Thompson surveys how "Cannes gives, and Cannes takes away," and how some films may be worse off for their high profile, poorly received festival premieres. At the Christian Science Monitor, Robert Koehler talks to various filmmakers on the fringes of the festival, trying to get their film seen.

And in exciting business news, Tartan’s apparently picked up "Red Road," "Election" and "Election 2," according to indieWIRE and Grady Hendrix‘s Kaiju Shakedown. No distributor yet for the new Palme d’Or winner, however.

+ FEATURE & SHORT FILMS AWARDS (Festival-Cannes.fr)
+ Cannes #10: Guessing games (RogerEbert.com)
+ ‘Wind’ shakes the jury (LA Times)
+ ‘Zizou! Zizou!’ (Guardian)
+ Ken Loach’s ‘Wind That Shakes the Barley’ Wins Top Prize at Cannes (NY Times)
+ To studios in Cannes: Don’t trip on red carpet (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Crashing the Cannes party (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Tartan Gets "Red Road" (indieWIRE)
+ Election Gets US Distributor (Kaiju Shakedown)

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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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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