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Cannes 2009: Haneke’s The White Ribbon Grabs The Palme d’or

You could say that head of Jury Isabelle Huppert has officially returned the favor. She won for Best actress at Cannes with The Piano Teacher, but Michael Haneke who has been to Cannes for about a half dozen times and has walked away with nothing has finally grabbed the most prestigious of film hardware.

You could say that head of Jury Isabelle Huppert has officially returned the favor. She won for Best actress at Cannes with The Piano Teacher, but Michael Haneke who has been to Cannes for about a half dozen times and has walked away with nothing has finally grabbed the most prestigious of film hardware. I had thought that they would go with Antichrist, but had pegged this as a second place vote for the top prize only. Huppert can’t help but feel a linage to Haneke, but I don’t think she swayed the other jury members who probably saw the deep connection between the kids, the monsters who “owned them” and envisioned the eventual turn out. It’s not my favorite of the festival, but it is a solid piece all the same. Sony Pictures Classics will distribute The White Ribbon, hopefully sometime this year.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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