Cannes bonanza: International Film Festival 2012

nz film festival poster image, used with permissionAs always, this year’s International Film Festival features a number of films that were showcased at the world’s most prestigious festival ‘Festival de Cannes’ including Leos Carax’s long-awaited new movie “Holy Moters’, Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and the compelling Romanian drama ‘Beyond the Hill’ to name but a few. We are very lucky that we are able to taste those wonderful films only two months after they were premiered at Cannes.

Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’, which is one of the highlights of our upcoming festival, won the Palme d’Or (best film). Haneke gained this honour for the second time in a row (‘The White Ribbon’ won in 2009), and became the seventh director who won the Palme d’Or twice.

The other directors who have won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palme) twice are;

Alf Sjober (Sweden) Iris and the Lieutenant (1946), Miss Julie (1951)
Francis Ford Coppola (USA) The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979)
Bille August (Denmark) Pelle the Conqueror (1988), The Best Intentions (1992)
Emir Kusturica (Serbia) When Father Was Away on Business (1985), Underground (1995)
Shohei Imamura (Japan) The Ballad of Narayama (1983), The Eel (1997)
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium) Rosetta (1999), The Child (2005)

Also, here are some recent winners from our collection to prepare or for pre/ post viewings for our favorite cultural event in winter.

2011 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2009 The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
2008 The Class (Laurent Cantet)
2007 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days (Cristian Mungiu)
2006 The wind that shakes the barley (Ken Loach)
2005 The Child = L’enfant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore)
2003 Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
2002 The pianist (Roman Polanski)
2001 The son’s room (Nanni Moretti)
2000 Dancer in the dark (Lars von Trier)