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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2010: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Well, not even a Palme d’Or win was likely to take Thai director Apitchatpong ‘Joe’ Weerasethakul’s beautifully surreal (it features sex between a woman and a catfish) oddity to the multiplex. The story of a man looking back on his life as he approaches death, Cannes jury president Tim Burton described ‘Uncle Boonmee…’ as being like ‘a beautiful, strange dream’.

Accepting the award, Weerasethakul was typically opaque; ‘I would like to thank all the spirits and all the ghosts in Thailand who made it possible for me to be here.’ The film grossed $1.2 million worldwide.

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