Rock star road movie wins Cannes religious award

21st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Cannes awarded its Ecumenical Jury prize Saturday to "This Must Be The Place", Paolo Sorrentino's film about an ageing rock star's US odyssey also tipped to win the coveted Palme d'Or.

A day before the announcement of the winner of the top prize at the world's largest film festival, the award for the best work "revealing the mysterious depths of human beings" went to Sorrentino's film starring Sean Penn.

The jury hailed it as "a classic drama of great richness and elaborate aesthetics (which) gracefully opens deep and serious paths of reflection", for the search by Penn's character for his Jewish roots and his father's Nazi tormentor.

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre" about illegal immigration in France and Nadine Labaki's "Where Do We Go Now?" about women trying to ease religious tensions in their native Lebanon received commendations.

"Le Havre" is "an ode to hope, solidarity and brotherhood," the jury said, while Labaki's film is "a poetic tale balancing carefully between comedy and tragedy, provoking an emotion that is turned towards hope."

The 64th Cannes festival jury presided by US actor Robert De Niro is to announce the awards, including the Palme d'Or, at a gala ceremony on Sunday.

© 2011 AFP

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