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    Cannes '09 in a Flashback: Two Weeks Nicely Packaged

    The 62nd Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday with an awards ceremony that saw Michael Haneke winning his first Palme D'or for his latest, "The White Ribbon." The program concluded 12 days of extensive coverage of Cannes '09 here at indieWIRE.

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    The Ballyhooed, the Magical and All that Mutilation: Cannes '09 Winds Down

    As the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close, a number of memorable images lie in its wake. From the much-ballyhooed close-ups of mutilated genitalia in Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" to the womb-cam perspective of conception in Gasper Noe's "Enter the Void," the sheer power of the moving image persi...

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    Cannes Winners '09: On Stage and Backstage on Closing Night

    Cannes, France -- The list of winners is available here at indieWIRE.

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    In Cannes, Haneke Wins Palme d'Or for "White Ribbon"

    Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" (Das Weisse Band) won the Palme d'Or tonight as the Cannes Film Festival came to a close. The festival's coveted top award was presented by jury president Isabelle Huppert, star of his 2001 film "The Piano Teacher," which won three awards at the Cannes Film Festiv...

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    "Dogtooth" Wins Top Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize

    Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth," from Greece, won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, while Corneliu Porumboiu's "Police, Adjective" won the second prize in the section.

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    "Gary" and "Wind" Win Cannes Critics' Week Prizes

    Nassim Amaouche's "Adieu Gary" from France won the Grand Prize of the International Critics' Week and Shahram Alidi's "Whisper in the Wind" from Iraq won a number of awards as the annual Cannes sidebar came to a close.

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    In Favor of Imagery: Tsai's "Visage" Paints a Puzzling, Pretty Picture

    From the very first minutes of "Visage" ("Face"), director Tsai Ming-liang stakes out familiar territory. But familiarity in a Tsai Ming-liang movie is an elusive thing. Working in abstract mode, Tsai depicts strange and cryptic moods, regardless of his intentions. The immediate thematic parallel to his earlier work arrives when a Taiwanese filmmaker (Lee Kang-Sheng) copes with a late night kitchen leak that ultimately floods his entire apartment. The progression from slice-of-life detail to slapstick comedy and ultimately lyricism happens swiftly, echoing a scene in Tsai's first feature, "Rebels of the Neon God." In "Visage," water symbolize...

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    ROUND UP VIII: "Dr. Parnassus" Descends, Noe Fills Avant-Garde "Void," and "Time" Remains Contender

    Nearly overshadowing the film itself is the story of "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"'s troubled production which, after the death of star Heath Ledger last year, was nearly shut down. Speaking at Cannes earlier today, however, director Terry Gilliam noted that “everybody in the cast and everbody in the crew was determined that this film would be finished... It was people’s love for Heath that propelled this thing forward. We finished the film for Heath.” As for the film itself, indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez called the it "a messy spectactle" in which "Terry Gilliam is exploring the importance of storytelling and imagination, taking viewers ...

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    Suleiman's Palestinian Story, More Personal Than Political

    Meeting the media today at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Elia Suleiman was first asked to simply explain the title of his new, personal movie, "The Time That Remains."

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    Low on Luster, Gilliam's "Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Winds up a Sideshow

    Marred by shoddy special effects and half-formed fantastical conceits, Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" has the feeling of a comic fantasia desperately seeking to find its rhythm. Nearly abandoned after the sudden death of leading man Heath Ledger prior to completing production ...

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