Annal: 1997 Festival de Cannes Jury Awards for Feature Films

Results of the Festival de Cannes in the year 1997.

Film:The Eel

The Eel: (Unagi)

Shohei Imamura

Catching his young wife having sex with another man, a jealous husband stabs her to death. Hardly the regular way to start a comedy but, as a filmmaker, Shohei Imamura has always operated according to his own rules. The Eel, his first film after an eight-year break, traces the slow rehabilitation of a man self-exiled from society. The murder serves as prelude to the main action in which, having served eight years in jail, Takuro Yamashita is paroled to a remote lakeside settlement. He sets up as the world’s least talkative barber, his sole confidant the…

Film:Taste of Cherry

Taste of Cherry: (Ta'm e guilass)

Abbas Kiarostami

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for this contemplative film about a Muslim, Mr. Badi (Homayon Ershadi), who drives around the barren hills outside Tehran, flagging down passersby and offering good money for a simple job that he’s hesitant to explain. He’s planning his suicide and seeks someone to perform something of a symbolic eulogy. Most of his subjects refuse (personal morality aside, suicide is forbidden to Muslims), but he finds an elderly taxidermist (Abdolrahman Bagheri) who agrees only because he…

Film:The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter

Atom Egoyan

In synopsis The Sweet Hereafter may sound like a devastatingly unpleasant downer, but don’t be discouraged. The real subjects of this luminous picture (adapted by director Atom Egoyan from Russell Banks’s novel) are hope and renewal—avoiding the cheap emotions suggested by those clichéd terms. Like other Egoyan films (Exotica, for one), it’s an intriguing sort of mystery, a puzzle in which the big picture is not revealed until the very last piece is in place. A metropolitan attorney (Ian Holm) travels to a small British Columbian town where 14…

Film:Western

Western

Manuel Poirier

A French road movie with an unlikely and mystifying title, Western is actually a romantic comedy-drama from writer-director Manuel Poirier. A charming Spanish shoe salesman, Paco (Sergi Lopez), picks up a Russian hitchhiker, Nino (Sacha Bourdo). Nino steals Paco's flashy car because Nino thinks that it will help him find a woman. Paco is befriended by Marinette (Elisabeth Vitali), and they fall in love, but he loses his job. Paco attacks Nino, but the two later become friends. Marinette tells Paco that she wants to have a trial separation before making a commitment, so Paco and Nino take a trip across the French countryside. At a hotel, two women reject the awkward Nino and sleep with Paco. Paco tries to help Nino by canvassing the town's women in a fake poll on their ideal man, but this scheme also backfires. As they continue their romantic misadventures, luck begins to shift from Nino to Paco.

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