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Inside the 2011 Cannes Film Festival: Surprise Un Certain Regard Winners

The jury comprised of Emir Kusturica and peers caught critics by surprise in selecting a pair of unpopular Croisette items for this year’s Un Certain Regard prize. Beating out the likes of Bruno Dumont’s Hors Satan, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st and Gerardo Naranjo’s excellent Miss Bala, were Kim Ki-Duk’s Arirang (who sang his appreciation for the acknowledgment) and Andreas Dresen’s Stopped on Track. The good news is that an UCR Special Jury Prize went to a film that should have played in the Main Comp in, Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Elena. Mohammad Rasoulof who wasn’t able to be present to deliver his thank yous – won the Directing Prize for Be Omid É Didar.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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