Annal: 2004 Festival de Cannes Jury Awards for Feature Films

Results of the Festival de Cannes in the year 2004.

Film:Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore

To anyone who truly understands what it means to be an American, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 should be seen as a triumph of patriotic freedom. Rarely has the First Amendment been exercised with such fervor and forthrightness of purpose: After subjecting himself to charges of factual errors in his gun-lobby exposé Bowling for Columbine, Moore armed himself with a platoon of reputable fact-checkers, an abundance of indisputable film and video footage, and his own ironically comedic sense of righteous indignation, with the singular intention…

Film:Oldboy

Oldboy

Chan-wook Park

Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is abducted and locked up in a strange, private prison. No one will tell him why hes there and who his jailer is and his fury builds to a single-minded focus of revenge. 15 years later, he is unexpectedly freed, given a new suit, a cell-phone and 5 days to discover the mysterious enemy who had him imprisoned. Seeking vengeance on all those involved, he soon finds that his enemys tortures are just beginning.

Film:The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

If you’ve never enjoyed Alec Guinness in the classic 1955 British comedy that inspired it, the Coen brothers’ remake of The Ladykillers may well prove hilarious. For starters, it’s got Tom Hanks in a variation of the Guinness role, eccentrically channeling Colonel Sanders, Tennessee Williams, and Edgar Allan Poe in his southern-fried performance as Prof. Goldthwait Higgins Dorr, Ph.D. (named after an actual arts institute curator from the Coens’ native Minnesota), a deliciously verbose con man who needs a secret headquarters for his five-man plot to rob a…

Film:Tropical Malady

Tropical Malady: (Sud Pralad)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Tropical Malady chronicles the mystical love affair between a young soldier and the country boy he seduces, soon to be disrupted by the boy`s sudden disappearance. Local legends claim the boy was transformed into a mythic wild beast, and the soldier journeys alone into the heart of the Thai jungle in search of him.

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