Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cannes Curse?

As you've no doubt read or heard by now, Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon took home the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival after 4 previous nominations (though he took the Best Director award for Caché in 2005). The win places the film as one of the early contenders for Foreign Language Film, but a Palme d'Or win doesn't necessarily carry all the way to the Oscars. Indeed, only 5 films since the beginning of the Festival went on to win the Foreign Language Film Oscar, the last one being over 20 years ago : Pelle The Conqueror from Bille August (only one film won both the Palme d'Or and the Best Picture award, Marty in 1955). The movie will undoubtely be seen by many moviegoers in months to come and it will be interesting to see if it ends in the top 5 come Oscar season. What do you think?

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