Un Certain Regard and FIPRESCI Awards Announced at Cannes

Tomorrow afternoon in the states we find out who wins the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2010 Film Festival. Will the jury go for the abstract and creative Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives? Or will it be the well-written and acted film Another Year? Or how about the almost unanimously loved Certified Copy? We find out in about 15 hours.

Until then the winners for the Un Certain Regard entries have been announced. There were nineteen Un Certain Regard entries at this year’s festival and the top prize has gone to Hong Sang-soo’s HaHaHa. This decision was greeted with surprise as Sang-soo’s film was not one of the most loved films of the festival. Rob Nelson of Variety said it is “by far the least amusing of South Korean writer-director Hong Sang-soo’s recent comedies about the alcoholic thirst, insatiable horniness and general immaturity of male filmmakers and other would-be gents.”

The FIPRESCI international film critics group has also given their top prize to Mathieu Almaric’s backstage cabaret comedy On Tour. In the past this group has been more kind to comedies than the rest of the Cannes juries, so this film’s victory is not a complete surprise.

The other award that was announced today was the Ecumenical Jury Prize. The Ecumenical Jury is made up of a select number of people from the film industry with the stated goal to “honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes.” [Wikipedia] Apparently the film that accomplished that the best was Xavier Beaudois’ Of Gods and Men.

Here are the rest of the Cannes awards that have been announced so far:

FIPRESCI JURY AWARDS

Competition: On Tour – Mathieu Amalric
Un Certain Regard: Pal Adrienn – Agnes Kocsis
Directors’ Fortnight: Todos vos sodes capitans – Olivier Laxe

UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARDS

Un Certain Regard Prize: HaHaHa – Hong Sangsoo
Jury Prize: Octubre – Daniel and Diego Vega
Performance Prize: Adela Sanchez, Eva Bianco and Victoria Raposo – Los Labios

ECUMENICAL JURY AWARDS

Ecumenical Jury Prize: Of Gods and Men – Xavier Beavois
Commendations: Another Year – Mike Leigh; Poetry – Lee Chang-dong

[Source: In Contention]

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