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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, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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