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Cannes Day 11: Minute by Minute

Cannes Day 11: Minute by Minute

Each day at the Cannes Film Festival (May 12 – 23), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from France. All times listed are local French time.

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11:01 PM: Queer Palm Announced — Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom” was announced today as the winner of the inaugural Queer Palm, awarded to an LGBT film at the Cannes Film Festival, at a ceremony held at Zanzibar, the oldest gay bar in Europe and popular with gay fest goers. More here.

8:49 PM: FIPRESCI Prizes — Mathieu Amalric’s “Tournee” (On Tour) won the top FIPRESCI critics prize at the Cannes Film Festival tonight in France, Variety reported today. Also winning critics awards were Agnes Kocsis’ “Pal Adrienn” and Olivier Laxe’s “Todos vos sodes capitans.”

The main Cannes Film Festival awards will be presented tomorrow night in France.

indieWIRE will have live coverage of the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony on Sunday, May 23rd starting at 1 p.m. ET.

8:39 PM: Un Certain Regard Prizes — It was hardly a surprise that Hong Sangsoo won the award for best film in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival tonight in France. The director was standing near the door wearing a tuxedo as guests entered the Debussy theater for the award presentation.

As word spread prior to the presentation, a few journalists made an early exit. The film screened for the first time yesterday here in Cannes and is showing again right now, starting right after the prizes were announced. [More at indieWIRE]

indieWIRE will have live coverage of the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony on Sunday, May 23rd starting at 1 p.m. ET.

6:40 PM: The End of Film? — Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos,” is a new movie that, as Manohla Dargis wrote yesterday, “Transformed from a film into a digital movie with little of the rich textural density of film.” What does this mean, she wondered, in a New York Times blog post.

Moting that “we are in the midst of a profound cinematic change,” Dargis considers the significance of the move from film to digital projection of movies, even those, like “Carlos,” that were originally shot on film.

“For much of its history, cinema was film,” she wrote, “Film was part of why we loved the movies. And now that it’s disappearing we have to ask what remains.”

2:50 PM: Simple and Gorgeous — The handiest comparison—or maybe it’s just a crutch—for describing Alistair Banks Griffin’s spare brotherly drama “Two Gates of Sleep” is to mention its similarities to the work of Terrence Malick. It certainly looks about as beautiful: The Mississippi-set account of two siblings hauling their mother’s coffin through the wilderness to her final resting place owes plenty to expressive visuals that few first-time filmmakers dare to create. Griffin makes it happen, but to what end? That’s harder to figure out. [More at indieWIRE]

1:15 PM: Spirituality and Goats — A story of anarchic goats, lively spiritual celebrations and reincarnation, Michaelangelo Frammartino’s “Le Quattro Volte” (which won the Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes’s Directors’ Fortnight) has a heavy philosophical load. Nevertheless, this painstakingly constructed, quasi-documentary about a shepherd and the flock where he’s eventually reborn maintains an unexpectedly playful sensibility on its own terms. [More at indieWIRE]

10:31 AM: The Final Stretch: It’s the final day of new festival screenings today in Cannes, before the entire competition is re-screened tomorrow ahead of the closing night awards ceremony Sunday night.

The final films to screen in competition here in Cannes today are Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2″ and Kornél Mondruczó “Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project.”

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