Annal: 1998 Festival de Cannes Jury Awards for Feature Films

Results of the Festival de Cannes in the year 1998.

Film:Eternity and a Day

Eternity and a Day: (Mia aioniotita kai mia mera)

Theo Angelopoulos

Acclaimed Greek director Theo Angelopoulos (Ulysses’ Gaze) won the Palm d’Or at the 1998 Cannes film festival for his extended rumination on the conflict between life and art, Eternity and a Day. Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) stars as Alexander, a reclusive, terminally ill writer who rescues a young Albanian refugee and embarks and a dreamlike odyssey into his own past. Comparisons to Bergman’s Wild Strawberries leap to mind here—Alexander remains old and bearded even as he interacts with his wife (Isabelle Renauld) and family as they…

Film:Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful: (La Vita è bella)

Roberto Benigni

Italy’s rubber-faced funnyman Roberto Benigni accomplishes the impossible in his World War II comedy Life Is Beautiful: he shapes a simultaneously hilarious and haunting comedy out of the tragedy of the Holocaust. An international sensation and the most successful foreign language film in US history, the picture also earned director-cowriter-star Benigni Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor. He plays the Jewish country boy Guido, a madcap romantic in Mussolini’s Italy who wins the heart of his sweetheart (Benigni’s real-life sweetie,…

Film:The Celebration

The Celebration: (Festen)

Thomas Vinterberg

Rising to the challenge of Dogma 95’s self-imposed restrictions on aesthetic freedom, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration is a remarkable example of the way limits can give rise to creative opportunity. (Dogma 95 is a Danish filmmakers collective that also includes Lars von Trier, director of Breaking the Waves. The group crafted a manifesto in which its members vow to eschew special lighting, optical effects, props, and the visible imprint of a director’s personality in order to attain higher truths yielded by characters.) The Celebration,…

Film:Class Trip: (La Classe De Neige)

Class Trip: (La Classe De Neige)

Claude Miller

In Class Trip (La Classe De Neige), Nicolas is an insecure child plagued by visions of disaster. His peers tease him, or ignore him, while his teachers are frustrated by his lack of social skills. Nicolas leads a lonely life until a class trip to the ski country, where Hadkann, the class bully, befriends him and becomes intrigued by his dreams. When one of Nicolas’s visions mirrors a true-life murder, he and Hadkann set out to solve the crime. Claude Miller directs Class Trip with a deft and subtle hand. Adapted from Emmanuel Carrere’s acclaimed novel of the same name, Miller takes his audience inside the mind of an emotionally damaged child. He recalls the intense social hierarchy of childhood, combining it with the psychological suspense of an unseen killer, and the haunting beauty of the French countryside. His previous works include Alias Betty and La Petite Lili.

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