news//THE ACADEMY SELECTS NEWEST MEMBERS AS THE CLASS OF 2017

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has invited its newest class of members, bringing the total to over 8,000.

For two years now, Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, has championed a reform to the invitation procedure, with the intent to bring diversity in all forms to the forefront of the Academy's makeup.

The Class of 2017 includes 774 new members (the most for a single year), representing 57 countries. The new class is 39% female and 30% people of color. The new class also represents 24 Oscar winners. The youngest invitee is Elle Fanning (19). The oldest is Betty White (95). Many of the names, especially in the acting branch, are current or rising stars, including Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot. In other branches, names like Tom Ford (directing) Jordan Peele (writing) show up.

Here is the complete list of invitees, by branch:

ACTORS
Riz Ahmed
Debbie Allen
Elena Anaya
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan
Monica Bellucci
Gil Birmingham
Nazanin Boniadi
Daniel Bruhl
Maggie Cheung
John Cho
Priyanka Chopra
Matt Craven
Terry Crews
Warwick Davis
Colman Domingo
Adam Driver
Joel Edgerton
Chris Evans
Luke Evans
Fan Bingbing
Elle Fanning
Golshifteh Farahani
Anna Farris
Tom Felton
Rebecca Ferguson
Lou Ferrigno
Gal Gadot
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Jeff Garlin
Spencer Garrett
Domhnall Gleeson
Sharon Gless
Donald Glover
Judy Greer
Rupert Grint
Noel Gugliemi
Jon Hamm
Armie Hammer
Naomie Harris
Leila Hatami
Anne Heche
Lucas Hedges
Chris Hemsworth
Ciaran Hinds
Aldis Hodge
Bryce Dallas Howard
Bonnie Hunt
Jiang Wen
Dwayne Johnson
Leslie Jones
Keegan-Michael Key
Aamir Khan
Irrfan Khan
Salman Khan
Rinko Kikuchi
Zoe Kravitz
Sanaa Lathan
Carina Lau
Tony Leung
Rami Malek
Leslie Mann
Kate McKinnon
Sienna Miller
Janelle Monae
Michelle Monaghan
Viggo Mortensen
Ruth Negga
Franco Nero
Elizabeth Olsen
Deepika Padukone
Sarah Paulson
Robert Picardo
Amy Poehler
Chris Pratt
Zachary Quinto
Edgar Ramirez
Phylicia Rashad
Margot Robbie
Maya Rudolph
Hiroyuki Sanada
Henry G. Sanders
Rodrigo Santoro
Rade Serbedzija
Nestor Serrano
Amanda Seyfried
Molly Shannon
Anna Deavere Smith
Hailee Steinfeld
Kristen Stewart
Omar Sy
Wanda Sykes
Channing Tatum
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Lauren Tom
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Paz Vega
Dee Wallace
Ming-Na Wen
Betty White
Rebel Wilson
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
BD Wong
Shailene Woodley
Donnie Yen

CASTING DIRECTORS
PoPing AuYeung
Yael Aviv
Constance Demontoy
Corinna Glaus
Lindsay Graham
Kimberly Hardin
Richard Hicks
Priscilla John
Valorie Massalas
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
Johanna Ray
Jamie Sparer Roberts
Anna Maria Sambucco
Harika Uygur
Francesco Vedovati

CINEMATOGRAPHERS
Jose Luis Alcaine
Affonso Beato
Walter Carvalho
Chung-Hoon Chung
Kiko de la Rica
Crystel Fournier
Robert Hardy
Camilla Hjelm Knudsen
Dan Laustsen
James Laxton
Ernesto Pardo
Linus Sandgren
Andre Turpin
Zhao Xiaoding

COSTUME DESIGNERS
Renee April
Erin Benach
Suzy Benzinger
Arjun Bhasin
Diana Cilliers
Michele Clapton
Bina Daigeler
Julian Day
Jenny Eagan
Steven Noble
Karen Patch
Monique Prudhomme
Trish Summerville
Melissa Toth

DESIGNERS
Javier Ameijeiras
Toni Barton
Danielle Berman
Kelly Berry
Stefania Cella
Ellen Christiansen
Jim Clay
Beverley Dunn
Brad Einhorn
Antxon Gomez
Regina Graves
Isabelle Guay
Paul Hotte
Elston Howard
Helen Jarvis
Tina Jones
Kathy Lucas
Naomi Shohan
Carl Sprague
Jon Gary Steele
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr.
Karen J. TenEyck
Shane Andrew Vieau
David Wasco
Elizabeth Wilcox

DIRECTORS
Faith Akin
Adolfo Aristarain
David Ayer
Nabil Ayouch
Siddiq Barmak
Aida Begic
Emmanuelle Bercot
Martin Butler
Patricia Cardoso
Peter Ho-Sun Chan
Derek Cianfrance
Pedro Costa
Garth Davis
Bentley Dean
Lav Diaz
Carlos Diegues
Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Nana Dzhordzhadze
Ildiko Enyedi
Amat Escalante
Safi Faye
Tom Ford
Goutam Ghose
Jessica Hausner
Joanna Hogg
Hannes Holm
Ann Hui
Christine Jeffs
Barry Jenkins
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Kim Ki-duk
Zacharias Kunuk
Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
David Mackenzie
Sharon Maguire
Theodore Melfi
Kleber Mendonca Filho
Brillante Mendoza
Marta Meszaros
Takashi Miike
Orlando Montiel
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Kira Muratova
Hector Olivera
Idrissa Ouedraogo
Jordan Peele
Mohammad Rasoulof
Eran Riklis
Arturo Ripstein
Guy Ritchie
Anthony Russo
Joseph Russo
Mrinal Sen
Cate Shortland
Peter Sollett
Juan Carlos Tabio
Rawson Marshall Thurber
Johnnie To
Tran Anh Hung
Pablo Trapero
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Paula van der Oest
Susanna White
Martin Zandvliet

DOCUMENTARY
Ricardo Acosta
John Akomfrah
Natalia Almada
Mirra Bank
Geof Bartz
Diane Becker
Edet Belzberg
Don Bernier
Ruby Chen
S. Leo Chiang
John Davey
Keiko Deguchi
Abigail E. Disney
Ezra Edelman
Bob Eisenhardt
Diana El Jeiroudi
Jihan El-Tahri
Geeta Gandbhir
Tim Hetherington
Lina Gopaul
Nadia Hallgren
Nick Higgins
John Hoffman
Tabitha Jackson
Kristi Jacobson
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Judy Kibinge
Brian Knappenberger
Dan Krauss
Penny Lane
Grace Lee
Lisa Leeman
Audrey Marrs
Hilla Medalia
Jonas Mekas
Justine Nagan
Joanna Natasegara
Marilyn Ness
Peters Nicks
Orwa Nyrabia
Alanis Obomsawin
Eva Orner
Heloisa Passos
Anand Patwardhan
Leanne Pooley
Gianfranco Rosi
AJ Schnack
Fisher Stevens
Jean-Marie Teno
Ben Tsiang
Orlando van Einsiedel
Aaron Wickenden
Marina Zenovich

EXECUTIVES
Hussain Amarshi
Robert Bakish
Glen Basner
David Beaubaire
Dori Begley
Jonathan Berg
Gillian E. Bohrer
Jim Burke
Elizabeth Cantillon
Jeff Clanagan
Stuart Ford
Nancy Gerstman
Andrea Giannetti
Kira Goldberg
Julie Goldstein
Peter Goldwyn
Carla Hacken
Mike Hopkins
Matt Jackson
Zygi Kamasa
Scott Kennedy
Charles D. King
Eda Kowan
Niija Kuykendall
Winnie Lau
Miky Lee
Helen Lee-Kim
Peter Levinsohn
Alison Lima
Laurie May
Tendo Nagenda
DanTram Nguyen
Rachel O'Connor
Hengameh Panahi
Eric Paquette
John Penotti
Abhijay Prakash
Elizabeth Raposo
Shari Redstone
Emily Russo
Erin Siminoff
Alison Thompson
Michael Wright

FILM EDITORS
Spencer Averick
Alexandre de Franceschi
Keiko Deguchi
Tracy Granger
Sabine Hoffman
Edie Ichioka
Janus Billeskov Jansen
Celine Kelepikis
Melissa Kent
Juan Carlos Macias
Jim May
Fredrik Morheden
Christopher Murrie
Tania Michel Nehme
Tia Nolan
Anne Osterud
Gregory Perler
Jacopo Quadri
Fabienne Rawley
Jake Roberts
Hayedah Safiyari
Nat Sanders
Per Sandholt
Suzanne Spangler
Molly Malene Stensgaard
Alexandra Strauss
Christian Wagner
Monika Willi
Kate Williams
Dan Zimmerman
Lucia Zucchetti
Eric Zumbrunnen

MAKEUP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS
Richard Alonzo
Alessandro Bertolazzi
Christine Beveridge
Felicity Bowring
Jerry DeCarlo
Patricia DeHaney
Naomi Donne
Linda Dowds
Audrey Doyle
Tina Earnshaw
Rick Findlater
Paul Gooch
Fae Hammond
Miia Kovero
Michael Marino
Frances Mathias
Christopher Nelson
Elaine Offers
Conor O'Sullivan
Daniel Phillips
Luigi Rocchetti
Morag Ross
Nikoletta Skarlatos
Vittorio Sodano
Shane Thomas
Kenneth Walker
Kerry Warn
Carla White
Ann Pala Williams
Jeremy Woodhead

MUSIC
Mark Adler
Edesio Alejandro
Nancy Allen
David Amram
Craig Armstrong
Angelo Badalamenti
Nicholas Britell
Nick Cave
Jordan Corngold
Warren Ellis
Lisa Gerrard
Justin Hurwitz
Jimmy Jam
Todd Kasow
Abel Korzeniowski
Mica Levi
Terry Lewis
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Atli Orvarsson
Benj Pasek
Justin Paul
Laurent Perez Del Mar
Jocelyn Pook
Laura Rossi
Philip Sheppard
Stephen James Taylor
Justin Timberlake
Benjamin Wallfisch
Debbie Wiseman

PRODUCERS
Khadija Alami
Joshua Astrachan
Fred Berger
Jason Michael Berman
Moritz Borman
Karin Chien
Michael Costigan
Pablo Cruz
Mel Eslyn
Howard Gertler
Aaron L. Gilbert
Mindy Goldberg
Carla Hacken
Jordan Horowitz
Lars Knudsen
Juan de Dios Larrain
Sophia Lin
Michel Merkt
Bertha Navarro
Alex Orlovsky
Adele Romanski
Robert Salerno
Jeffrey Sharp
Nansun Shi
Gabrielle Tana
Jenno Topping
Frida Torresblanco
Jay Van Hoy
Julie Yorn

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Clive Baillie
Michael Brown
Matt Cowal
Tomy Drissi
Sonya Y. Ede-Williams
Lynne Frank
Jonathan Garson
Peter Giannascoli
Marvin Gray
Simon Hewlett
Melissa Holloway
Angela Johnson
Wellington Love
Michelle Marks
Bill Neil
Douglas Neil
Angela Paura
Heather Johnson Phillips
Tom Piechura
Pamela Rodi
Ivette Rodriguez
Jeff Sanderson
Jerry Schmitz
Lauren Schwartz
Carol Sewell
Michael Singer
Afrat Spalding
Kristin Stark
Maggie Todd
Norman Wang
Bumble Ward
Joe Whitmore
Lea Yardum
Kevin Allen Yoder

SHORT FILMS AND FEATURE ANIMATION
Selim Azzazi
Matt Baer
Kyle Balda
Aske Bang
Jacquie Barnbrook
Claude Barras
Eric Beckman
Jared Bush
Carlos E. Cabral
Giacun Caduff
John K. Carr
Jeeyun Sung Chisholm
Jericca Cleland
Andrew Coats
John Cohen
Lindsey Collins
Devin Crane
Ricardo Curtis
Richard Daskas
Kristof Deak
Jason Deamer
David DeVan
Walt Dohrn
Rob Dressel
Stefan Eichenberger
David Eisenmann
Patrik Eklund
Steve Emerson
Lise Fearnley
Mathias Fjellstrom
Arish Fyzee
Juanjo Gimenez
Andrew Gordon
Jinko Gotoh
Eric Guillon
Lou Hamou-Lhadj
John Hill
Steven "Shaggy" Hornby
Steven Clay Hunter
Alessandro Jacomini
Christopher Jenkins
Sean D. Jenkins
Phil Johnston
Oliver Jones
Mohit Kallianpur
Max Karli
Michael Kaschalk
Karsten Kiilerich
Timothy Lamb
Gina Warr Lawes
Sang Jun Lee
Meg LeFauve
Jenny Lerew
Brad Lewis
Carl Ludwig
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
MaryAnn Malcomb
Anders Mastrup
Moon Molson
Dave Mullins
Michelle Murdocca
Christopher Murrie
Ramsey Naito
Damon O'Beirne
Hyrum Virl Osmond
Greg Pak
James Palumbo
Christine Panushka
Pierre Perifel
Jeffrey Jon Pidgeon
David Pimentel
Elvira Pinkhas
Kori Rae
Mahesh Ramasubramanian
Ferenc Rofusz
Vicki Saulls
Brad Schiff
William Schwab
Gina Shay
Jeff Snow
Peter Sohn
Debra Solomon
David Soren
Cara Speller
Peggy Stern
Michael Stocker
Arianne Sutner
Ennio Torresan
Geza M. Toth
Anna Udvardy
Wayne Unten
Thoedore Ushev
Robert Valley
Timo von Gunten
Gil Zimmerman
Marilyn Zornado
Peter Albrechtsen
Christopher Assells
David Bach
Sylvain Bellemare
Miriam Biderman
Charlotte Buys
Charlie Campagna
Harry Cohen
Mohammed Reza Delpak
Yann Delpuech
Jose Luis Diaz
Jesse K-D. Dodd
Amrit Pritam Dutta
Ezra Dweck
William Files
Bernard Gariepy Strobl
Mariusz Glabinski
Peter Grace
Gu Changning
Robert Hein
Douglas Jackson
Jonathan Klein
Claude La Haye
Robert Mackenzie
Tony Martinez
Steve A. Morrow
Jean-Paul Mugel
Cheryl Nardi
Al Nelson
Marc Orts
Daniel Pagan
Goeffrey Patterson
Margit Pfeiffer
Becki Ponting
Andy Potvin
Richard Quinn
Jacob Ribicoff
Robert L. Sephton
Guntis Sics
Jane Tattersall
Steven Ticknor
Derek Vanderhorst
Bryon E. Williams
Katy Wood
Andy Wright

VISUAL EFFECTS
Arundi Asregadoo
Steve Begg
Feliz Berges
Angus Bickerton
Jason Billington
Nafees Bin Zafar
Rod Bogart
Cosmas Paul Bolger, Jr.
Pierre Buffin
Sonja Burchard
Mark Byers
Mike Chambers
Vincent Cirelli
Brian Cox
Joyce Cox
Jan Philip Cramer
Janelle Croshaw
Denise Davis
Brennan Doyle
Pauline Duvall
Christopher D. Edwards
Steve Emerson
Doug Epps
Conny Fauser
Paul Giacoppo
Joachim Gruninger
Rhonda C. Gunner
Craig Hammack
Jonathan Harb
Darren Hendler
Erik Henry
David Hodgins
Matt Johnson
Oliver Jones
Nikos Kalaitzidis
Daniel Kramer
Francois Lambert
Mohen Leo
John M. Levin
Jacqui Lopez
Fumi Mashimo
Glen McIntosh
Keith Francis Miller
Mohsen Mousavi
Colette Mullenhoff
Peter Muyzers
Kenneth Nakada
Steve Nichols
David Niednagel
Brett Northcutt
Danielle Plantec
Darren Michael Poe
Nordin Rahhali
Philippe Rebours
Jay Redd
Jonathan Rothbart
Brad Schiff
J.D. Schwalm
Thomas J. Smith
Jason Snell
Robert Stadd
Paul Story
Ryan Tudhope
Robert Weaver
Louis Zutavern

WRITERS
Karim Ainouz
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Siddiq Barmak
Aida Begic
Jeremy Brock
Jared Bush
John Collee
Buddhadeb Dasgupta
Kenneth Angelo Daurio, Jr.
Luke Davies
Mohamed Diab
Lav Diaz
Katie Dippold
Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Ildiko Enyedi
Safi Faye
Feng Xiaogang
Paz Alicia Garciadiego
Bahman Ghobadi
Goutam Ghose
Eric Heisserer
Barry Jenkins
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Phil Johnston
Kim Ki-duk
Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
Brit Marling
Marta Meszaros
Mike Mills
Idrissa Ouedraogo
Eva Pataki
Cinco Paul
Jordan Peele
Simon Pegg
Mohammad Rasoulof
Eran Riklis
Celine Sciamma
Mrinal Sen
Taylor Sheridan
Sooni Taraporevala
Tran Anh Hung
Joss Whedon
William Wheeler
Yau Nai-hoi
Mauricio Zacharias
Martin Zandvliet

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
Pippa Anderson
Margaret Bodde
Dan Bradley
Brooke Breton
Chris Brigham
Jill Brooks
Stephen Broussard
Stephen Campanelli
Joyce Cox
Charles Croughwell
Andrew Z. Davis
Steve M. Davison
Bill Draper
Mitch Dubin
Christopher D. Edwards
Mickey Giacomazzi
Richard Glasser
Jeffrey W. Harlacker
Thomas R. Harper
Jill Hopper
Craig Hosking
Gary Hymes
Andrea Kalas
Jeanie King
Natasha Leonnet
Todd London
Erika McKee
Mary McLaglen
Ujwal Narayan Nirgudkar
Cyndi Ochs
Howard Paar
Darwyn Peachey
Louis Phillips
Susan Pickett
Thomas Poole
Darrin Prescott
Berenice Robinson
Lee Rosenthal
Rebekah Rudd
P. Scott Sakamoto
Dana Sano
William O. Schultz
Ellen H. Schwartz
William Sherak
Brian Smrz
John Stoneham, Jr.
David Taritero
Garrett Warren
Raymond Yeung
Rowena Arguelles
Peter Benedek
Jim Berkus
George Freeman
Harry Gold
Scott Greenberg
Brandt Joel
Keya Khayatian
Richard Klubeck
Jessica Lacy
Jon Levin
Rhonda Price
Hylda Queally
Philip Raskind
Stephanie Ritz
Rajendra Roy
Mick Sullivan

winners//70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

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With a jury headed by director Pedro Almodovar, the 70th Cannes Film Festival ended with a bang, as satire The Square was named this year's Palme d'Or recipient.

This year's lineup featured an incredible roundup of pictures from international filmmakers and Hollywood heavyweights, including starring turns by Nicole Kidman (who appeared in four projects), Adam Sandler, Joaquin Phoenix, Diane Kruger, and Elle Fanning.

The Square, directed by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, earned mostly positive reviews. The film takes a satirical look at the art world, through the eyes of the real world. With a runtime of 142 minutes, this follow-up by Ostlund of critical favorite Force Majeure was somewhat of a surprise winner. Eventual Grand Prix winner, BPM (Beats Per Minute), was the film that was expected amongst critics to end up with the top prize.

Perhaps the most exciting win of the fest was Sofia Coppola'a Best Director win for The Beguiled. Coppola is only the second woman to ever win the award in the fest's 70-year history.

As for acting, Kruger won Best Actress for her role in In the Fade, her first starring role in a German-language film (Kruger is from Germany). Phoenix won Best Actor for You Were Never Really Here.

Kidman walked away with a special award recognizing her contributions.

This year's jury included Maren Ade, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino, and Gabriel Yared.

Complete list of winners:

PALME D'OR
THE SQUARE
Ruben Ostlund, director

70TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Nicole Kidman

GRAND PRIX
BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
Robin Campillo, director

BEST DIRECTOR
Sofia Coppola
THE BEGUILED

BEST ACTOR
Joaquin Phoenix
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

BEST ACTRESS
Diane Kruger
IN THE FADE

JURY PRIZE
LOVELESS
Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

BEST SCREEPLAY
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou, writers

AND

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Lynne Ramsay, writer

OTHER PRIZES

CAMERA D'OR
JEUNE FEMME
Leonor Serraille

SHORT FILMS PALME D'OR
XIAO CHENG ER YUE
Qiu Yang, director

SHORT FILMS SPECIAL MENTION
KATTO
Teppo Airaksinen, director

GOLDEN EYE DOCUMENTARY PRIZE
FACES PLACES
Agnes Varda, director

ECUMENICAL JURY PRIZE
RADIANCE
Naomi Kawase, director

UN CERTAIN REGARD

UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD
A MAN OF INTEGRITY
Mohammad Rasoulof, director

BEST DIRECTOR
Taylor Sheridan
WIND RIVER

JURY PRIZE
Michael Franco
APRIL'S DAUGHTER

BEST PERFORMANCE
Jasmine Trinca
FORTUNATA

AWARD FOR POETRY OF CINEMA
Mathieu Amalric
BARBARA

DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT

ART CINEMA AWARD
THE RIDER
Chloe Zhao, director

SOCIETY OF DRAMATIC AUTHORS AND COMPOSERS PRIZE
LOVER FOR A DAY
Philippe Garrel, director

AND

LET THE SUNSHINE IN
Claire Denis, director

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL
A CIAMBRA
Jonas Carpignano, director

CRITICS' WEEK

GRAND PRIZE
MAKALA
Emmanuel Gras, director

VISIONARY PRIZE
GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN
Fellipe Barbosa, director

SOCIETY OF DRAMATIC AUTHORS AND COMPOSERS PRIZE
AVA
Lea Mysius, director

FIPRESCI

COMPETITION
BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)

UN CERTAIN REGARD
CLOSENESS
Kantemir Balagoc, director

DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT
THE NOTHING FACTORY
Pedro Pinho, director

thoughts//CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PALME D'OR WINNERS RANKED

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With the 70th Cannes Film Festival currently underway, let's take a look back at the films that have taken the top prize in international cinema: the Palme d'Or.

Directors like Michael Moore and Gus Van Sant were awarded the acclaimed prize in the years since the turn of the millennium. And, as the festival's place in pop culture continues to rise (thanks to social media and the "most famous" red carpet in the world), the films awarded the top prize have earned respective spots in the pantheon of modern cinema classics.

While a few of these titles are immediately familiar, some of them are a little more obscure (but no less impressive, especially when looking at which box office successes some of these films beat for the big prize).

In 2017, films like The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Okja, and Wonderstruck are expected to do well with critics. Plus, The Beguiled is already earning plenty of buzz after its dark and twisted trailer released online a few weeks ago. Any one of these could end up a member of an exclusive club that includes movies like Barton Fink, Pulp Fiction, and Paris, Texas. It's not always star power that leads a film to the Palme d'Or (though, this year, Nicole Kidman has a great chance of ending up in the winning feature, as four of her projects are being presented this year).

The 70th Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner will be announced on May 28, 2017.

Here is the ranking of the motion pictures awarded the Palme d'Or since 2000. Agree? Disagree? Rank them on your own in the comments below.

17. THE SON'S ROOM (2001)




Directed by Nanni Moretti
A study of grief and its toll on a family, The Son's Room was an Italian drama that swept the Cannes Film Festival with the same furor as Ordinary People did The Academy in the early 80s'. What works well for the film is Cannes favorite Moretti's tender approach to storytelling. The Son's Room rides the line of being overtly sentimental and disappointingly unassuming. The drama is first-rate. The characters are gentle and human. The emotions can be a little too saccharine, but Moretti's intentions are well-received.
Jury President: Liv Ullmann
Other Films In Competition: Moulin Rouge!, The Man Who Wasn't There, Shrek, Mulholland Drive

16. FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (2004)




Directed by Michael Moore
Seen more as a win by default for political expression than based solely on merit or filmmaking prowess, Fahrenheit 9/11 followed its Cannes win with a stellar box office run, setting records for documentary films. It's lived on as a testament to the power of documentary film, but has also become a staple for one-sided filmmaking for the sake of opines. Moore is a sharp debater, especially when it involves impassioned subjects like war and Republicans. The start of the Iraq War and the Bush administration proved perfect fodder for 2004-era discussions. If the basis for the Palme d'Or was solely on films that linger or invoke conversation, then Fahrenheit 9/11's win totally makes sense.
Jury President: Quentin Tarantino
Other Films In Competition: Shrek 2, Oldboy, The Motorcycle Diaries, 2046

15. DANCER IN THE DARK (2000)




Directed by Lars von Trier
Some call it grim and dull, but Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark is easily the director's best (though future Palme d'Or 'in competition' films like Melancholia are hard to beat). Dancer in the Dark's victory was met with cheers and jeers and boasts an incredible star-making turn by musician Bjork, who followed the Cannes win with an Oscar nomination for Best Song (and cemented herself in pop culture history with her Academy Awards swan dress). Following the life of an immigrant mother making her own in America in the 60's, the magic of the film lies in its heart-wrenching and heartwarming tropes. The supporting cast is stellar, to boot, including: Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, and Joel Grey.
Jury President: Luc Besson
Other Films In Competition: In the Mood for Love, Nurse Betty, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Yards

14. THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (2006)




Directed by Ken Loach
Somewhat formulaic and academic, The Wind that Shakes the Barley is also beautifully shot and inspiring. Cillian Murphy finds his career-best performance in playing an Irish doctor who gives up his career as a doctor to fight  for freedom in the early 20th century. The showcasing of freedom fighters is, in essence, almost a genre of its own. In this case, however, Loach's film provided an insight to a historically relevant event, but failed to impress his own countrymen. The film's win at Cannes came with its own controversy because of this. The selling point, though, is in the indelible cinematography and poignant script, highlighted by Murphy's awards-worthy performance.
Jury President: Wong Kar-wai
Other Films In Competition: Marie Antoinette, Pan's Labyrinth, Babel, Fast Food Nation

13. L'ENFANT (2005)




Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
The Dardenne brothers were no strangers to Cannes, having won the Palme d'Or in 1999 for Rosetta. With L'Enfant, though, they cemented their legacy as international filmmakers. Their style is perfectly on show with L'Enfant, projecting life through a bleak lens, sharing the story of a an unfortunate man who sells his child to make ends meet, only to have a change of heart and fight to get his son back. The script is dastardly dark and the performances by Jeremi Renier and Deborah Francois are supreme. There's a certain naturalism found in the Dardennes' works, especially so in L'Enfant.
Jury President: Emir Kusturica
Other Films In Competition: A History of Violence, Cache, Broken Flowers, Sin City

12. DHEEPAN (2015)



Directed by Jacques Audiard
Backed by a Cannes- and awards-friendly director, Dheepan won the Palme d'Or as a possible joint prize for Audiard's other works: A Prophet and Rust and Bone. Following Sri Lankan refugees in Paris, the film's punch comes in the form of its sensitive and honest screenplay, an Audiard staple. It also works on a political and timely manner, finding itself deep in the midst of the refugee and immigration crises in Europe. The film might not be as flashy as other In Competition films that year, but its use of nonprofessional actors and on-location sets gives the film an elevated realism that sets it apart. As a human story, it excels. As a thriller, it works profusely. As a tightly crafted film, it's among one of the best.
Jury Presidents: Joel and Ethan Coen
Other Films In Competition: Carol, The Lobster, Youth, Sicario

11. THE PIANIST (2002)




Directed by Roman Polanski
A force of its own, including an eventual Oscar win for lead actor Adrien Brody, The Pianist tells the true story of a Jewish musician's fight for survival in Nazi-controlled Warsaw. Polanski, a controversial director due to his personal life, delivers a dark and detailed look at the horrors of the Holocaust, while also highlighting the human spirit. The picture is immensely moving and easily one of Polanski's best works. Brody gives his best performance, earning his Oscar completely. The film feels like a classic, enhancing each and every sweeping moment with filmmaking prowess only a true auteur could produce.
Jury President: David Lynch
Other Films In Competition: About Schmidt, Bowling for Columbine, Punch-Drunk Love, Spider

10. I, DANIEL BLAKE (2016)




Directed by Ken Loach
A previous Palme d'Or winner, Loach won the festival's top prize again for I, Daniel Blake, an intimate look at a weathered man fighting for survival, a theme Loach has become known for tackling. The political nature of the film help launch the movie to heights it may not have aoriginally landed. Add to that the careful recipe of empathy and wit found in the film's story and you've got a masterpiece. Loach's approach this time around is less cinematic and more poignant than his last Palme d'Or winning piece, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, but that doesn't mean the emotional impact isn't there. It's a stunning piece of filmmaking.
Jury President: George Miller
Other Films In Competition: Toni Erdmann, American Honey, Personal Shopper, The Neon Demon

9. WINTER SLEEP (2014)




Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
From Turkish master, Winter Sleep is a slow-burning drama about a family in Anatolia. From relationship strife to personal accomplishments, the study of humanity is at the heart of Winter Sleep. The film stretches for just over 3 hours, but is a reward for those willing to stick along for the ride. It's beautiful in its pain; especially in the form of its characters who are never relatable enough to draw compassion from the audience. The surrounding circumstances, though, bring a sense of urgency that drives the entire emotional grasp. By the end, even without necessarily redeeming any of the plot, the illuminated glimpse at the lives of these people is intriguing enough to make the entire journey feel worth it.
Jury President: Jane Campion
Other Films In Competition: Clouds of Sils Maria, Maps to the Stars, Mommy, Foxcatcher

8. THE CLASS (2008)




Directed by Laurent Cantet
Even in the world's most famous film festival, cinematic tropes are present. With The Class, the tale of a teacher changing the lives of the kids in an inner-city school avoided stereotypes using stark drama and a clever filmmaking style. Though set in the inner-city, the story doesn't depend on the ineptitude of the students' backgrounds to invoke emotions. Instead, it's the fascinating and illuminating look at the art of teaching that proves most grapling. The film went on to earn a nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars, deservedly so. The secret to the film's magic is the lead performance by Francois Begaudeau, the real-life teacher who wrote the book on which the film is based.
Jury President: Sean Penn
Other Films In Competition: Blindness, A Christmas Tale, Waltz with Bashir, Synecdoche New York

7. AMOUR (2012)




Directed by Michael Haneke
Terribly poignant and featuring an incredible performance by its stars, Amour is easily the crowning tour de force film from acclaimed director Haneke. Like other Palme d'Or winners, the glimpse at humanity and how people handle life's hardest obstacles is at the center of this harrowing feature. Emmanuelle Riva earned a Best Actress nomination, becoming the oldest person ever to be nominated, for her undelable tear-jerking and heartbreaking turn. Haneke's masterfulness at churning out reality in such a beautiful way reigns supreme here. Many of Cannes winners can be called masterpieces, but only a few earn that title so earnestly. Amour is one of these.
Jury President: Nanni Moretti
Other Films In Competition: Lawless, Mud, The Paperboy, Moonrise Kingdom

6. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013)




Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
It's an emotion-drenched coming-of-age drama centered on the passionate love affair between two young girls and it struck such a chord with the Cannes jury (headed by Steven Spielberg) that the Palme d'Or was awarded to director Kechiche, as well as the two lead actress: Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. There was a snip of controversy that specifically attacked the film's use of love scenes, in particular an almost 10-minute escapade. But, the film's merits lie in the incredible performances by the two leads, as well as the genuine and exceptional screenplay. It's complex, in the right ways. It approaches heady topics with respect and realness.
Jury President: Steven Spielberg
Other Films In Competition: Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Behind the Candelabra, The Great Beauty

5. UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010)




Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
A stark contrast of a film to take home the Palme d'Or, Uncle Boonmee is the true definition of international filmmaking. The film follows the titular character who, after learning he's dying of kidney failure, chooses to spend his last days surrounded by his family and friends. The ghost of his dead wife shows up to care for him, as do other apparitions. It's an interesting film that takes being experienced to truly understand exactly what type of magic it holds. The structure is different than what one would expect from a mainstream film, which is another level of strength here.
Jury President: Tim Burton
Other Films In Competition: Another Year, Biutiful, Of Gods and Men, Certified Copy

4. THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)




Directed by Terrence Malick
Soft and awestruck are two words that could describe this passion project by elusive director Malick. The quietness in the study of a family struck with grief and what life and grace really mean are stripped away in beautiful cinematography and genuine performances by its cast of big names and newcomers. Jessica Chastain, especially, dances into stardom thanks to her heartfelt turn here as a mother learning to grieve appropriately, if that even is a thing. Brad Pitt, the film's biggest name, allows the camera to read him intimately, offering a different look than a usual mainstream film would have. The mid-film look at the history of life is, in itself, impressive and haunting. This is Malick at Malick's best.
Jury President: Robert De Niro
Other Films In Competition: We Need to Talk About Kevin, Melancholia, Drive, The Artist

3. THE WHITE RIBBON (2009)




Directed by Michael Haneke
Like other directors already on this list, Haneke is no stranger to Cannes nor the Palme d'Or and with The White Ribbon he presented his most impressive project to date. The story of a small German town on the eve of WWI is both startling in its approach and delivery, packaged in a smooth and poignant black and white. Visually, it's completely compelling and moving. It's bleakness can be confused with tediousness, but it's in this quietness that the picture turns thought-provoking and meaningful. The film is haunting. The direction is immaculate. The way the story is told is a lesson in perfect filmmaking.
Jury President: Isabelle Huppert
Other Films In Competition: Antichrist, Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, A Prophet

2. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (2007)




Directed by Cristian Mungiu
A glimpse into the political atmosphere of Romania (and not necessarily painting it in a good light), part of the compelling nature of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is in its commentary on the harshness of the communist country. The film covers illusive topics like abortion with a brutal honesty and compassion that sets it apart. It's raw and beautiful, without being overtly forgiving or patronizing. The set-up is suspenseful, with outstanding performances by its leads Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu. It's artful in its precision and heartwrenching in its bare-all approach.
Jury President: Stephen Frears
Other Films In Competition: Death Proof, No Country for Old Men, Paranoid Park, Zodiac

1. ELEPHANT (2003)



Directed by
 Gus Van Sant
Part unconventional narration on teenagedom, part high-strung drama, Van Sant's Elephant shakes you to the core without having to say very much at all. The film is built with a cast of unknown actors, many using their real first names, and filmed at a real American high school. All the usual tropes, including the many different cliques one would naturally find within the walls of public school and puberty, are here, but they are showcased through a lens of genuineness that is more honest and disturbing that you'd expect. The young talents are obviously new and inexperienced, but their raw approach to the material is what makes the entire thing work. It's as if we, the audience, has slipped into these kids' daily lives, following them around unwittingly. What is, in one regard, a commentary on adolescence and coming-of-age, quickly turns into a commentary on mental illness, heroism, and even possibly so much more. Van Sant's opus to youth and trauma is one of the American dream we all wish wasn't real. Released just a handful of years after Columbine, the film drew more controversy than it should, with the film opting to highlight the realness in the high school years over just glorifying something horrific. It's hard to find another film that masters the quietness of real life in such a palpable and earnest way.
Jury President: Patrice Chereau
Other Films In Competition: The Brown Bunny, Dogville, Mystic River, Swimming Pool