Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d'Or effect
Time Out explores the fortunes of the past decade’s Palme d'Or winners
Everyone was agreed: Lars von Trier looked like a dead cert to pick up his second Palme d’Or in three years for ‘Dogville’ (though many critics would have liked Nuri Bilge Ceylan to win for ‘Uzak’). Instead, the jury asked permission to award Gus Van Sant the Festival’s two big prizes: the Palme d’Or and best director.
Even with that double whammy under its belt, ‘Elephant’, a fictional account of a Columbine-style school massacre, made little commercial impact, grossing just $1.3 million in the US.