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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2008: The Class

A late addition to the schedule, ‘The Class’ – the first French Palme d’Or winner in 20 years – premiered just two days before the close of the Festival in 2008, by which time all the smart money had been bet on the Italian mafia drama ‘Gomorrah’.

It seems logical that a Cannes win should guarantee an Oscar nod, but it ain’t necessarily so. Of the five films not in the English language to have won the Palme d’Or in the past 10 years, only ‘The Class’ (which follows one classroom in an inner-city Paris school over a year) and Michael Haneke’s ‘The White Ribbon’ have been nominated for best foreign film. Neither won.

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