The Complete 2011 Cannes Film Festival Awards List

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FEATURE FILMS

Palme d’Or

  • directed by Terrence Malick – TRAILER
    Logline: The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Grand Prix Ex-aequo

  • directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne – TRAILER
    Logline: Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage.

  • directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan – TRAILER
    Logline: Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads…

Award for Best

  • Nicolas Winding Refn for – CLIP
    Logline: The story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day, a loner by nature who moonlights as a top-notch getaway driver-for-hire in the criminal underworld. He finds himself a target for some of LA’s most dangerous men after agreeing to aid the husband of his beautiful neighbor, Irene. When the goes dangerously awry, the only way he can keep Irene and her son alive is to do what he does best-Drive.

Award for Best

  • Kirsten Dunst for – TRAILER
    Logline: Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister and brother-in-law. Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth…

Award for Best Actor

  • Jean Dujardin in directed by Michel Hazanavicius – TRAILER
    Logline: Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits.

Award for Best Screenplay

  • Joseph Cedar for – TRAILER
    Logline: The story of a great rivalry between a father and son. Both eccentric professors, they have dedicated their lives to their work. The father seems a stubborn purist who fears the establishment. His son, Uriel, appears to strive on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. But one day, the tables turn. The two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory?

Jury Prize

  • directed by Maiwenn
    Logline: The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department’s Juvenile Protection Unit – taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it.

SHORT FILMS

Palme d’Or

  • (dir: Maryna Vroda)
    Logline: First a boy is forced to run. Then he runs on his own. Then he watches another one run.

Jury Prize

  • directed by Wannes Destoop – TRAILER
    Logline: Chantal, a chubby girl of twelve, is having a hard time finding her way through life. She doesn’t have a lot of friends, and at home she can only turn to her stepfather for support as she doesn’t get along with her mother or stepbrother. Only in the local pool, where she is training intensively for an upcoming swimming competition, does she truly feel at home. But when she needs a new pair of goggles, things don’t go as smoothly as planned and she takes everything to get hold of them.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Prize of Un Certain Regard Ex-aequo

  • directed by Kim Ki-Duk – TRAILER
    Logline: Documentary on director Kim Ki-Duk looking back at his film .

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize

  • directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
    Logline: Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages.  Elena’s son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir’s daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father.  A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish.  The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life.

Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard

  • directed by Mohammad Rasoulof – TRAILER
    Logline: Tells the story of a young lawyer who is pregnant and wants to leave Iran.

CINEFONDATION

1st Prize Cinefondation

  • directed by Doroteya Droumeva
    Logline: One day Maja discovers she is pregnant. The film explores the situation from her point of view, drawing us in as she tries to decipher what is happening. And then Maja writes a mysterious letter…

2nd Prize Cinefondation

  • directed by Kamal Lazraq – TRAILER
    Logline: Chronicle of a friendship between two young men coming from opposite social backgrounds.

3rd Prize Cinefondation

  • directed by Son Tae-gyum – TRAILER
    Logline: A boy whose only family is his elder brother has sex with a man for money. Caught short of cash, the man suggests they meet again the following day and asks for his number. But the boy’s cell phone has been confiscated by his brother who won’t give it back.

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Camera d’Or

  • LAS ACASIAS directed by Pablo Giorgelli – TRAILER
    Logline: Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been covering for years the motorway from Asunción del Paraguay to Buenos Aires, carrying wood. However, today’s journey will be different. This morning, in a motorway stop near Asunción, Jacinta shows up an hour later to begin a journey by track which is going to take her to Buenos Aires. Wath’s more, Rubén finds out at that very moment that little Anahí, who’s 8 months old, will with them- It is not the best beginning. As kilometres go by, th relationship between Rubén and Jacinta will grow. they will slowly meet and sip into each other’s soul. None of them talks much about their lives. None asks much either. It’s a few word journey but it is not a silent one.
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