Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d'Or effect

Time Out explores the fortunes of the past decade’s Palme d'Or winners

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2002: The Pianist


Cannes was just the start of an awards smash ‘n’ grab that ended at the Oscars with Roman Polanski being awarded best director. Interestingly, ‘The Pianist’ is the only Palme d’Or recipient in the past 10 years to go on to win an Oscar, and one of the few commercial hits (grossing $120 million).

Arguably its success owes more to the film’s subject matter than the Palme d’Or: the true story of a Jewish pianist who survived in Nazi occupied Warsaw. After years dogged by scandal, here too was a reminder of Polanski’s traumatic childhood: a prisoner in the Kraków Ghetto, he watched his parents being shipped to concentration camps (his mother died in Auschwitz).


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