The Jury Prize, a
tie, was awarded by Jamel Debbouze to
Ridley Scott was discovered as a
promising filmmaker by winning the Prix du Jury for his first feature film
The Duelists ( after directing Advertisments for 20 years) now considered
as a cult film and its director is one of the most respected craftsmen in
The film screening was a hit in
Marjane Satrapi, once on stage, said: "I'll speak for both directors. We want to express our thanks Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux for having selected our film. We thank the Jury for having awarded the Prize to us. We thank the whole crew of ninety people who worked with us for two years. Personally, although this film is universal, I wish to dedicate the prize to all Iranians."
Carlos Reygadas said: "Good evening. Thank you to Jaime, Natalia, Jean Labadie, the Festival, and the jurors."
At the laureates' press conference, Carlos Reygadas took the microphone to add the following: "It's a very important prize, because it helps us blaze a trail for other Mexican filmmakers and, even more, for filmmakers all over the world who are interested in a cinema which sometimes departs from the laws of total identification and clarification, a cinema that likes temporary ambiguity, that likes expression using means that are not always the customary ones (...) I feel very comfortable. I didn't expect everyone to be extremely well-disposed towards the film, especially after three screenings the same day. But the reality is that many people loved it. I find that incredibly touching. (...) I think powerful films are not for everyone. (...) I wasn't expecting any particular prize. I was ready to win everything, or win nothing. It's a very special prize, which doesn't really indicate whether the screenplay or the acting is the main subject of the award. It's a global prize."
Reacting to a complaint from
"Iranian authorities must understand that France is very attached to freedom of expression and freedom of creation," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said in
Marjan Satrapi's movie was a critical
and public success during the public screening last week which was applauded for
more than 20 Minutes of Standing Ovation by the crew of Journalists and movie
goers. It will be released in
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Photo Credits: Cannes Film Festival website
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