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    CANNES '08 DISPATCH: Laurent Cantent's "The Class" Wins the Palme d'Or

    A film from France won the top award and pairs of films from Italy and Latin America were honored with top prizes as the 2008 Cannes Film Festival came to a close tonight. Laurent Cantet's "Entre Les Murs" ("The Class") won the Palme d'Or as a jury lead by Sean Penn presented the awards. The best director honor went to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for "Three Monkeys," while Jean Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne received the award for best screenplay for "Le Silence de Lorna." Two competition films from Italy were among the big winners: "Gomorra," directed by Matteo Garrone won the grand prix runner-up prize and the festival's jury prize went to "Il Divo,"...

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    CANNES '08 DISPATCH | Just Like the Weather, Biz Prospects Mostly Cloudy On Fest's Final Weekend

    Perhaps it's appropriate that the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" received a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, considering that its firm distribution deal really does seem like something special. During the latest Sundance Film Festival, "Wanted and Desired" bec...

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    INSIDE WORD | Magnolia Planning "What Just Happened" Release

    Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened," which will close the 2008 Cannes Film Festival this weekend, is being positioned for an October theatrical release via Magnolia Pictures. Pending other possible offers for the 2929 Productions film, the company is planning a release through corporate sibling Magnolia and is tapping former New Line Cinema executive Russell Schwartz to work on the autumn release, according to sources. Execs involved would not comment on the plan. "What Just Happened," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, is a movie industry tale starring Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, John Turturro, Sean Penn, Robi...

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    CANNES '08 | "Tulpan" Wins Un Certain Regard Prize

    Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan" won the Prize of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival tonight in France, while Kurosawa Kiyoshi's "Tokyo Sonata" won the jury prize. Other prize winners include Andreas Dresen's "Wolke 9" (Heat Throb Jury Prize), James Toback's "Tyson" (The Knockout of Un Certain Regard) and Jean-Stephane Sauvaire's "Johnny Mad Dog" (The Prize of Hope). The Un Certain Regard section presented 20 films that were judged by a jury lead by filmmaker Fatih Akin, who offered the statement, "Our mission was to attribute three prizes for Un Certain Regard, but considering the quality and richness of the offerings, and as a testim...

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    CANNES '08 | Fri PM Roundup

    indieWIRE offers a select take of Cannes 2008 news around the world.

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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | Divided Reactions: "Headless Woman," "Sonata," "Liverpool," "Robbed" Find Detr

    Cannes' perennial post-screening boos are not to be trusted. Neither, for that matter, are the standing ovations. To each his own cinema, to be sure: one viewer's masterpiece is another's misstep, depending upon your taste and even where you sit. It's been alleged that the Salles Bazin screening roo...

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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | And Then You Die: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

    In terms of the political/social engagement of competition films at the 61st Cannes Film Festival, it isn't too much of a stretch to say that Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" makes Arnaud Desplechin's dysfunctional family drama "A Christmas Tale" look like "Che," or even "Waltz With Bashir."...

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    CANNES '08 | Thurs AM Roundup

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    CANNES '08 NOTEBOOK | The Revolution By Night: Steven Soderbergh's "Che"

    The one overwhelming message coming from the competition films at the 61st Cannes Film Festival is: shit's messed up. "Waltz With Bashir" digs into the never-fully-healed wounds of war. In Matteo Garrone's "Gomorra," organized crime isn't an aberration; it's just the shadow army of an irredeemably venal free-market system. The Dardenne Brothers' "The Silence of Lorna" expresses a horror at a not-too-underground economy in the trade of human lives. Lucia Martel's "Un Mujer Sin Cabeza" takes a still, near-surreal look at class (un)consciousness, and doesn't like what it sees. Even the period melodrama here, Clint Eastwood's fact-based "The Ch...

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    CANNES '08 | Wed AM Roundup

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