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Cannes Palme d'Or Awarded


In an unexpected upset, a little known Irish film captured the jury and the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last week. Many had figured on Babel, with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett behind it, or Volver, directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Penelope Cruz, to nab the honor.

Instead, The Wind That Shakes The Barley came out on top. The film is set in early 1900s Ireland, amid the country's fight for independence from England and the civil war that follows. A trailer for the film is here; the highly-underrated Cillian Murphy stars (have you seen Breakfast on Pluto?!) Ken Loach helms the movie; his A Fond Kiss is worth checking out, too.

The interesting part of all of this is what it says about hype and its influence. Pitt sent an email to Cannes apologizing for his absence (he was having a baby or something) and it caused more of a stir than any distribution deals inked at the festival. Apparently the stir around Babel wasn't enough in the judges' eyes. Look for Barley, Palme d'Or and all, in theaters later this year.

Posted by Lisa on May 30, 2006 10:36 AM
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cillian murphy just gets more yummy everytime i see him! rrrooowwwrrr~

-- Posted by: Laura at May 31, 2006 12:46 AM

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