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Cannes 2006.13: ‘Wind that Shakes’ the Jury

Cannes 2006.13: 'Wind that Shakes' the Jury

Tonight is the final evening of the 59th Festival de Cannes… The awards ceremony just ended at the Grand Lumiere Theater, with the Palme d’Or awarded to Ken Loach’s film, The Wind That Shakes the Barley. A member of the industry and I were just commenting two days ago about how we worried that film, since it debuted on the first full day of the festival, would be forgotten by now. Obviously not by the jury, and hopefully not by any U.S. distributors. As I posted earlier in the festival, Loach’s most commercial film to date is a powerful statement on current international relations, told in 1920’s Ireland.

Other great films I’ve seen in the last couple days included Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel, a film some favored for the Palme d’Or, but instead won the directing prize. This intensely gripping film – told over four countries in three continents – might be my favorite of the festival week (I still have one or two more left to see during my time here). With a tip-top cast, including Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Gael Garcia Bernal, and more – this is a film that should be a huge sensation with audiences when it’s released in the Fall. Get the full recap of Cannes winners, right here. Okay, on to some more pictures:

(The port in Cannes, and the view from outside our apartment.)

(‘Babel’ director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won the directing prize this week, hangs out at the party for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’)

(Hanging out at the Norwegian film party, here’s film publicist Gary Springer, and Katrina, who was on the crew for Cannes-winning Norwegian short, ‘Sniffer.’)

(Also at the Norwegian film party is director Christopher Nielsen. His film, the animated feature ‘Free Jimmy,’ was the Cannes Critics Week closer.)

(Networking, read: drinking, at the Grand one night… here’s producing team Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen, with Wellspring’s Rob Williams. Jay and Lars produced two SXSW 2006 titles: ‘Gretchen’ and ‘Old Joy.’)

(Sometimes Austinite and ‘A Scanner Darkly’ producer Tommy Pallotta and I, at an amazing yacht party hosted by Austin’s own John McHale and Chris Mattson. They threw a terrific bash on Friday night, honoring ‘Scanner.’)

(Austin came to Cannes this weekend, as party hosts Chris Mattson, right, and Deborah Green greeted guests aboard the immense and impressive ship, ‘The Alysia.’)

(And the entertainment for this Austin film yacht party? Rev. Al Green, playing a full set aboard the roof. No joke. Best yacht party ever.)

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