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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.


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


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

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


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


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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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

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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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