Cannes Film Festival 2002
Jury President: David Lynch
Other Jurors: Bille August, Christine Hakim, Claude Miller, Raul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Sharon Stone, Régis Wargnier, Michelle Yeoh


Palme d'Or:The Pianist, France/Germany/UK/Poland, dir. Roman Polanski
Grand Jury Prize:The Man without a Past, dir. Aki Kaurismäki
Jury Prize:Divine Intervention, dir. Elia Suleiman
Best Director:Chihwaseon, Im Kwon-taek
Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Actress:The Man without a Past, Kati Outinen
Best Actor:The Son, Olivier Gourmet
Best Screenplay:Sweet Sixteen, Paul Laverty
55th Anniversary Prize: Bowling for Columbine, dir. Michael Moore
FIPRESCI/International
    Critics Prize:
Divine Intervention, dir. Elia Suleiman
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury:The Man without a Past, dir. Aki Kaurismäki
Camera d'Or (first feature): Seaside, dir. Julie Lopes-Curval


Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
 
My Palme d'Or
Russian Ark (Russia, dir. Aleksandr Sokurov) - Mammoth yet mercurial pageant of Russian history flashing before Sokurov's dying eyes and his camera's unblinking gaze (full review)

demonlover (France, dir. Olivier Assayas) - Sizzling, sinister Mulholland Drive redux, in which other media evilly outstrip cinema's grotty and voyeuristic thrills

Chihwaseon (South Korea, dir. Im Kwon-taek) - Robust, boldly edited film passing as artist-with-demons biopic. Cuts timed like brush strokes. Ego baffled by history.

Bowling for Columbine (USA, dir. Michael Moore) - Digressive and inconsistently cogent, and yet scores plenty of points. Theme excuses lost-at-sea structure.

The Pianist (France/Germany/UK/Poland, dir. Roman Polanski) - Stiff, stagy first hour; gains in power as dialogue recedes. Finally very moving, despite refusals of sentimentality.

The Man without a Past (Finland, dir. Aki Kaurismäki) -

Irréversible (France, dir. Gaspar Noé) - Asking No for ideas like asking Ozu for yuks. Tactile bodies, overzealous despair, virtuosic form more than enough.

Sweet Sixteen (UK, dir. Ken Loach) -

Ten (Iran, dir. Abbas Kiarostami) -

Spider (USA, dir. David Cronenberg) - Sad, atmospheric, but oblique in defiantly unsubtle ways. Tropes, symbols feel enforced on character, not spun out of him.

The Son (Belgium, dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) - As tense as Rosetta, but with less manic energy. Polished, but for my money the Dardennes' bluntest, least rewarding tale.

Punch-Drunk Love (USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) - Mondrian color-blocking, boldly telescoped sound and score are hobbled by barely fertilized story and toxic lead

Divine Intervention (Palestine, dir. Elia Suleiman) - Cheeky, dyspeptic vignettes, varying in humor, fire, eloquence. Bits with Suleiman, ladyfriend fall flattest.

The Uncertainty Principle (Portugal, dir. Manoel de Oliveira) - Oliveira melodrama somewhere between Visconti and Fassbinder, semi-engagingly staged in etherized milieu

24 Hour Party People (UK, dir. Michael Winterbottom) - Treads some water while seeking out tone and stakes, but free-verse sprawl generates a tart, zippy countermyth

All or Nothing (UK, dir. Mike Leigh) - Good work from Manville, Garland. Rich lensing from DP Dick Pope. Still, much lost to overstatement, uneven focus.

About Schmidt (USA, dir. Alexander Payne) - As dotted with tiny victories of insight or humor as it is marred by condescension, mugging, and stilted contrivance



My Jury Votes:
Best Director:Chihwaseon, Im Kwon-taek
Best Actress:demonlover, Connie Nielsen
Best Actor: Sweet Sixteen, Martin Compston
Best Screenplay:The Man without a Past, Aki Kaurismäki
Technical Grand Prize:Russian Ark, Tillman Büttner, camera operator


Sidebar Selections I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
 
Morvern Callar (Directors' Fortnight: UK, dir. Lynne Ramsay) -

Blissfully Yours (Un Certain Regard: Thailand, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul) -

To Be and To Have (Être et avoir) (Out of Competition: France, dir. Nicholas Philibert) -

Raising Victor Vargas (Un Certain Regard: USA, dir. Peter Sollett) -

Sex Is Comedy (Directors' Fortnight: France, dir. Catherine Breillat) -

City of God (Out of Competition: Brazil, dir. Fernando Meirelles) -

Madame Satã (Un Certain Regard: Brazil, dir. Karim Aïnouz) -

Femme Fatale (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Brian De Palma) -

Laurel Canyon (Directors' Fortnight: USA, dir. Lisa Cholodenko) -

Murder by Numbers (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Barbet Schroeder) -

Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Out of Competition: USA, dir. George Lucas) -

Searching for Debra Winger (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Rosanna Arquette) -

Ararat (Out of Competition: Canada, dir. Atom Egoyan) -

Hollywood Ending (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Woody Allen) - From lighting to scripting to mugging to framing, an exercise in garish self-contempt. Leoni wasted, as so often.



Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
 
Unknown Pleasures, China, dir. Jia Zhangke
My Mother's Smile, Italy, dir. Marco Bellocchio
Kedma, Israel, dir. Amos Gitaï
L'Adversaire, France, dir. Nicole Garcia
Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers, France, dir. Robert Guédiguian



Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
 
Un Certain Regard: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, France, dir. Dai Sijie
Bemani (To Stay Alive), Iran, dir. Dariush Mehrjui
El Bonaerense, Argentina, dir. Pablo Trapero
Carnage, France, dir. Delphine Gleize
De l'autre côté, Belgium/France, dir. Chantal Akerman
Glowing Eyes (aka Porn Theater), France, dir. Jacques Nolot
Marooned in Iraq, Iran, dir. Bahman Ghobadi
Rachida, Algeria, dir. Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet, Germany, dir. Miscellaneous
Waiting for Happiness, Mauritania, dir. Abderrahmane Sissako
Directors' Fortnight: Abouna, Chad, dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Blue Gate Crossing, Taiwan, dir. Yee Chih-yen
The Embalmer, Italy, dir. Matteo Garrone
Japón, Mexico, dir. Carlos Reygadas
Mon-Rak Transistor, Thailand, dir. Pen-ek Ratanaruang
L'Occident, Romania, dir. Cristian Mungiu
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, UK, dir. Shane Meadows
Red Bear, Argentina, dir. Adrián Caetano
Seaside, France, dir. Julie Lopes-Curval
Critics' Week: Intacto, Spain, dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Rana's Wedding, Palestine, dir. Hany Abu-Assad
Respiro, Italy, dir. Emanuele Crialese
Out of Competition: And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen, France, dir. Claude Lelouch
Devdas, India, dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali
The Kid Stays in the Picture, USA, dirs. Brett Morgen & Nanette Burstein

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