The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 11 to May 22, 2011. The jury president was Robert De Niro, his jury colleagues were some one like Uma Thurman and Jude Law, the opening film was Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen. The Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d’Or Award at the opening ceremony of the festival. Yesterday, Cannes Festival’s website announced the winners. Terrence Malicks “The Tree of Life (2011)” got the Palme dOr. The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt as a domineering father in late 50s Texas, and Sean Penn as his son in the present day, struggling to cope with his brother’s premature death. Jury president Robert De Niro explained after the ceremony that it had been The Tree of Life’s grand scale and ambition that finally clinched it. “It seemed to have the size, the importance, the tension to fit the prize.” But there was the suggestion that it wasn’t a wholly unanimous decision. “Few films are 100%,” said De Niro. “But most of us thought it was great.”
The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival was another s-e-x-y Cannes! A film critic wrote: “The programmers seemed to group themes in batches this year, so the early days of the festival had female film-makers, then we moved through a couple of days of s-e-x and paedophilia (bordello movie The House of Tolerance, Austrian film Michael), before fathers and sons took over (Tree of Life, Le Gamin au Vélo, Footnote), then French politics (La Conquête, Pater), then depression (The Beaver, Melancholia), antisemitism (The Beaver, Melancholia) and, eventually, s-e-x-u-a-l politics (Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, The Source).” Apparently, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” was better than other Cannes’ movies, and even Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who playing a deadpan, tolerant museum guide was not very bad. I’ve not seen the movie, but some Iranians have seen the movie in Iran !, and say that it’s not as bad as they heard about it.
Lars von Trier and his “Melancholia”, or as Iranians say “Malikholia”, were controversial. Lars von Trier at the Melancholia press conference said: “I understands Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end … I sympathise with him, yes, a little bit … I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew … Then it turned out that I was not a Jew … I found out that I was really a Nazi which also gave me some pleasure … But come on, I am not for the second world war, and I am not against Jews. I am very much for Jews; well not too much because Israel is a pain in the ass. But still, how can I get out of this sentence … OK I’m a Nazi” I thinkLars von Trier has “Melancholia”! and should be treated for melancholia. Von Trier has said before that after his Jewish father died, he was told that this was not his biological father. Reports are saying he found out his biological father was a German Christian. Melancholia movie, is about the end of the world, about a rogue planet on a collision course with Earth. Some people say: “Banning Von Trier from Cannes should be an embarrassment for the film festival not for Von Trier.” And some people said: “Shame on stupid Lars Von Trier, who disgrace the human beings”. Von Trier claimed Dunst had insisted she be filmed naked for a scene in Melancholia. “And now she wants more,” claimed the Danish director. “That’s how women are, and Charlotte is behind this. They want a really hardcore film this time !, and I am doing my best. Von Trier also jokingly claimed he was writing a four-hour-long hardcore p-o-r-n film ! featuring Melancholia stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst . It would, he said, contain “a lot of very, very unpleasant s-e-x”. “I said let’s have a lot of talking in it, and they said, ‘We don’t give a shit about the dialogue, we just want to have a lot of very very unpleasant s-e-x,’ and that’s what I am writing right now.” Some wise people tell him: “Let’s make a p-o-r-n film and call it art! ”
Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In (2011)” and Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty(2011) gave both bad and good reviews. Some film critics say: “It’s another “Eyes Wide Shut”” and some others say: “Let’s make a p-o-r-n film and call it art! ” Pedro Almodóvar’s films are not very bad, but I think they are not very good, too. Gus Van Sant’s “Restless (2011)” should not be a bad movie. The plot and idea of Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope) seems very funny. The Italian comedy ‘We Have a Pope’ is on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist !! Apparently, many thought that “Habemus Papam” would give Palme d’Or Award. Iranian films and Iranian film makers were not in the Cannes 64th. Jafar Panahi’s short film, This Is Not a Film, was smuggled into the country on a USB stick buried inside a cake posted from Iran to Paris. Jafar Panahi gave a six-year prison term, and 20-year-ban on film-making, talking to the press and travelling abroad. Jafar Panahi is not like his friend Abbas Khayemal (Abbas Kiarostami), who sold himself to the Mullahs and the Islamic regime. Panahi tried to be the real voice of the people, so he has been accused of “colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic”.