Cannes-spiracy Theory

     |    Sunday, der 22. May 2011


Photo: Christian Geisnaes

Ok, my conspiracy theory has been confirmed – Lars von Trier had his misguided, calculated to shock “I’m a Nazi” outburst at the press conference for Melancholia so that female lead Kirsten Dunst would knock Tilda Swinton out of the Best Actress race. Before Melancholia was screened, Swinton was a strong contender for her universally acclaimed performance in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin; but isn’t

Tilda Swinton’s picture already printed in the dictionary under “universally acclaimed” in lieu of a definition?

Festival persona non grata von Trier achieved that his film couldn’t/didn’t win the Golden Palm (for which it certainly was a favored candidate), but so that the festival not be accused of aesthetic knee-jerkism, the film (not von Trier as a person) had to win something. And so the Best Actress Palm went to Dunst, who very graciously thanked von Trier.

Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life won the Golden Palm.

Related film on 24 REALITIES PER SECOND, a biography about 2009 Palme d’or winner Michael Haneke (for The White Ribbon).