Cannes 2014 Award Recap: A Disappointing Edition

Ceylan-Cannes-2014-AwardWhen a Cannes jury refuses to say if there were some arguments regarding the awards, we can assume that it was far from being a consensus. For example, Chinese director Jia Zhangke seemed to hint he wasn’t pleased with the disappointing Grand Prix Les Merveilles when he mentioned with irony he liked the scene featuring a camel.

While Nuri Bilge Ceylan certainly deserved the Palme d’Or for Winter Sleep, most critics and festival-goers were expecting the Canadian Xavier Dolan to be the winner for his movie Mommy. But by awarding the Jury prize to both Mr. Dolan and Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye To Language, the jury sent a – somewhat political – message, recognizing not only two generations of talented filmmakers but also two rebellious artists.

Xavier-Dolan-Cannes-2014-AwardAlso surprising was the best directing award going to Bennett Miller for his laborious Foxcatcher, a movie mostly worth watching for strong performances by Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Steve Carell. Same thing with Leviathan getting a prize for its script while Andrey Zvyaginstev should have won for his stunning direction.

On the other hand, nothing to complain when it comes to acting awards. Julianne Moore certainly deserved her award for her performance as a washed-up actress in Map of the Stars, even though Marion Cotillard was a strong contender as well. As for¬†Timothy Spall, he also rightfully got a prize for playing the painter William Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic.

Missing from these awards are favorites such as the Dardenne brothers, Naomi Kawase and Abderrahmane Sissak which would have merited a prize as well. While this award selection proves to be quite frustrating, it doesn’t really surprise us from a jury president such as Jane Campion: this 2014 Cannes edition will be remembered for its lack of audacity.

Photos : Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Xavier Dolan. (c) Moland Fengkov.

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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