As the countdown begins for the prize-giving ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival, jury president Sean Penn said his panel should “do the opposite of the Oscars” and give the award to a groundbreaking, unconventional film.
Those that have impressed at the 61st festival include the brooding family tragedy “Three Monkey’s” by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Ari Folman’s animated documentary “Waltz with Bashir” explores an Israeli draftee’s memory of the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila camps in 1982. Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke has chosen the closure of state-owned Factory 420 in his film 24 City. The director explores the transition from a planned economy to a market economy in China. The Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, two times winners at Cannes, are looking for a third triumph with their offering “Lorna’s Silence”. Clint Eastwood’s film “Exchange” features Angelina Jolie as a 1920’s mother who loses her son and faces down a corrupt LA police force and a serial killer to go in search of the truth.