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    Thai movie uncle boonmee wins top prize at canne film festival.

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    Thai film pulls off Cannes shock

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    Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's film gained glowing reviews in Cannes

    The Cannes Film Festival has given its top prize, the Palme d'Or, to the mystical Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

    It beat British director Mike Leigh's Another Year, which was seen as the favourite by many at the French event.

    Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the winning film is about a dying man who is visited by his late wife and his missing son, who has become an ape.
    US director Tim Burton led the jury that picked the victor from 19 entries.

    More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8699394.stm

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    Thailand's Weerasethakul wins top prize at Cannes film fest

    CANNES: Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul scored a surprise win at the Cannes film festival Sunday, bagging top prize for a surreal reincarnation tale, "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives".

    Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who plays a good-hearted terminally-ill hustler in "Biutiful" by Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, shared the best actor award with Italy's Elio Germano, star of family drama "Our Life".

    And France's Juliette Binoche was named best actress for her role as an unhappy art dealer in "Certified Copy" by Iran's Abbas Kiarostami.

    Apichatpong was an unexpected Palme d'Or winner after critics strongly tipped French director Xavier Beauvois, who took the runner-up Grand Prix for "Of Gods and Men", about Catholic monks threatened by Islamists in Algeria.

    "This is like another world for me... this is surreal," Apichatpong told a packed hall after receiving the Palme from the head of the festival jury, US film-maker Tim Burton, who is likewise known for his fantastical storylines.

    The 39-year-old Thai director thanked "the spirits... in Thailand that surrounded us" while making the film, a hypnotic meditation on the afterlife featuring a humanoid monkey ghost and a princess having sex with a catfish.

    It was only the sixth Asian film to win the top prize at Cannes in seven decades of the festival, and the first for more than a decade. Five Asian entries had competed for the top prize this year.

    Frenchman Mathieu Amalric won the best director prize for "On Tour", about a troupe of buxom American stripteasers touring French seaside towns, while South Korean director Lee Chang-Dong's "Poetry" scooped best screenplay.

    Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's "A Screaming Man" took the jury prize, a mark of special recognition alongside the main awards. His was the first movie from sub-Saharan Africa in the running for the Palme in 13 years.

    The prize-giving surprised many critics who had tipped Britain's Mike Leigh for an award for his convincing family drama "Another Year".

    Hundreds of celebrity-spotters lined the waterfront around the festival hall as the stars attended Sunday night's gala ceremony.

    Critics pegged this edition of the world's biggest film fair as more low-key than usual, with fewer stars and hit movies, though Hollywood heavyweights such as Michael Douglas, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett showed up.

    The main competition also drew some big arthouse names, including three former Palme-winning directors: Leigh, his fellow Briton Ken Loach and Kiarostami.

    Binoche hailed Kiarostami, who is regarded as one of the world's finest film-makers but whose work is little shown in his native country due to censorship by its hardline Islamic leaders.

    "The camera revealed me in my femininity, my complexity," Binoche said of Kiarostami's quiet film about a mysterious love affair in Italy -- his first shot outside Iran.

    She brandished a sign with the name of Jafar Panahi, the Iranian film-maker who was prevented from joining the festival jury. He has been in jail in Tehran since March, accused of planning a film against the Islamic regime.

    The French government and the festival had demanded Panahi's release and the film-maker himself spoke out against his jailers in a letter read out by Cannes organisers.

    Germano, little-known outside Italy, won the joint prize with Bardem for his performance in Daniele Luchetti's "Our Life", a gritty indictment of Italian society under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

    "I dedicate this film to Italy and the Italians who are doing all in their power to make the country better despite its leaders," the 29-year-old actor said.

    Last year's best actress, France's Charlotte Gainsbourg, starred in the last film of this year's festival -- "The Tree", a Franco-Australian movie directed by Julie Bertuccelli which closed the 12-day event.

    Last year the Palme went to Austrian director Michael Haneke for "The White Ribbon".

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/w...ow/5966457.cms


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    This is a great result for the Thai film industry

    A rare piece of good news for the Kingdom amid the turmoil of the last few weeks.

    Apichatpong is an outspoken opponent of censorship.

    I wonder if the pixelator censorship vandals will relent and leave this film uncut and unpixelated..

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    Re: Thai Movie Wins Cannes Palme d'Or

    Hurray

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    Also Hurray !!!!!
    " Every morning dedicate positive things, and during the whole day make a wish that we will always be of benefits to sentient beings. We will be helpful to any being in different ways."

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    Re: Thai Movie Wins Cannes Palme d'Or

    Hi everyone! long time not write...

    I was in Cannes and I saw Long Boonmee at the Lumiere theater that night: a great experience. Apichatpong is a visionary genius, one of the best living director.


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