"Entre les murs" (The Class), a film set in a tough Parisian high school, won the Palme d'Or for best picture at the Cannes festival on Sunday.


CANNES, France (AFP) - Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro, the Puerto Rican-born star often dubbed the "Latino Brad Pitt", won Cannes' Best Actor award Sunday for his role as "Che" Guevara in Steven Soderbergh's film on the revolutionary hero.



    Palme d'Or:
    "Entre les murs" (The Class), directed by Laurent Cantet

    Grand Prix:
    "Gomorra," directed by Matteo Garrone

    Prize of the 61st Festival de Cannes ex-aequo:
    Catherine Deneuve for "Un conte de Noël," directed by Arnaud Desplechin
    Clint Eastwood for "Changeling"

    Award for the Best Director:
    "Üç maymun" (Three Monkeys), directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    Jury Prize:
    "Il Divo," directed by Paolo Sorrentino

    Best Performance from an Actor:
    Benicio Del Toro in "Che," directed by Steven Soderbergh

    Best Performance from an Actress:
    Sandra Corveloni in "Linha de Passe," directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas

    Award for the Best Screenplay:
    "Le Silence de Lorna" (Lorna's Silence), directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne


    Palme d'Or:
    "Megatron," directed by Marian Crisan

    Jury Prize:
    "Jerrycan," directed by Julius Avery


    Caméra d'Or (for best first film):
    "Hunger," directed by Steve McQueen (Un Certain Regard)

    Caméra d'Or Special Mention:
    "Vse Umrut a Ja Ostanus" (They Will All Die Except Me), directed by Valeria Gaï Guermanika (Critics Week)


    Un Certain Regard Prize:
    "Tulpan," directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy

    Jury Prize:
    "Tokyo Sonata," directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    Heart Throb Jury Prize:
    "Wolke 9," directed by Andreas Drese

    The Knockout of Un Certain Regard:
    "Tyson," directed by James Toback

    Prize of Hope:
    "Johnny Mad Dog," directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire


    First Cinéfondation Prize:
    "Himnon" (Hymn), directed by Elad Keidan (The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School, Israël)

    Second Cinéfondation Prize:
    "Forbach," directed by Claire Burger (La fémis, France)

    Third Cinéfondation Prize:
    "Stop," directed by Park Jae-ok (The Korean Academy of Film Arts, Corée du Sud)
    "Kestomerkitsijät" (Roadmarkers), directed by Juho Kuosmanen (University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finlande)




Clint Eastwood's "Changeling," a 1920s-set mystery thriller starring Angelina Jolie, will be part of the competition lineup at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.  "Changeling," which Universal will release domestically in November, also stars John Malkovich, Amy Ryan and Colm Feore. Pic will be Eastwood's fifth to compete in Cannes, after "Pale Rider," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "Bird" and "Mystic River."

A Universal release of a Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment presentation in association with Relativity Media of a Malpaso production. Produced by Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz. Executive producers, Tim Moore, Jim Whitaker.
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay, J. Michael Straczynski.
Christine Collins - Angelina Jolie
Rev. Gustav Briegleb - John Malkovich
Capt. J.J. Jones - Jeffrey Donovan
Det. Lester Ybarra - Michael Kelly

CANNES, France (Reuters) - A grim Brazilian drama about society's

descent into anarchy launched the Cannes film festival on Wednesday,

and politics dominated the opening news conference held by jury

president Sean Penn.


"Blindness," starring Julianne Moore, marked a somber start to 12 days

of movies, publicity stunts and late-night revelry in the Riviera town,

which prides itself on embracing weighty cinema as well as rolling out

the red carpet for Hollywood royalty.


The Festival de Cannes is the most important film event in the world, with more than 4,000 journalists among the 30,000 accreditees, representing the entire spectrum of the motion-picture industry.

The Festival de Cannes reflects the dual nature of cinema at the crossroads of art and industry, and favours both cinema revelations and professional encounters. For if the Festival principally evokes the surprise of  the Selection and the expectation of the final awards, it is equally the privileged rendezvous of all motion-picture industry professionals who attend its Marché du Film.

The Festival, moreover, develops actions in support of cinematic creation throughout the world. Twenty years after having created the Caméra d'Or, the prize awarded to the best first film, all selections combined, the Festival created in 1998 the Cinéfondation to accompany young filmmakers along the various stages of their creative careers, from their projects to the making of their films.

The role of the Festival de Cannes has thus grown rich over the course of the years to the rhythm of the evolution of cinema itself: selecting and promoting films and artists, welcoming professionals, implementing new sets of dynamics in support of creation... in a word, serving the cinema in all its dimensions.


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