Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d'Or effect
Time Out explores the fortunes of the past decade’s Palme d'Or winners
After a 15-minute standing ovation at its premiere, few were in any doubt. Never mind that a documentary hadn’t won the Palme d’Or in 50 years: Michael Moore was an instant odds-on favourite to collect the Festival’s top prize for his Bush-baiting Iraq war exposé, and so it came to pass.
Moore hoped to repeat the coup at the Oscars, entering ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ for best picture rather than best documentary. That didn’t play well with the Academy’s conservative voters and he walked away empty-handed. Still, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ bucked the Palme d’Or trend for modest box office performance, grossing a mighty $200 million worldwide.