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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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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…