Cannes Film Festival | Palme d’Or Winners | The 2000’s
"The final image is the end of the film and the beginning of the debate."
The Palme d’Or, being the film industry’s most prestigious accolade, has without question been awarded to a selection of some of the finest filmmakers in recent history. It is with this in mind that, in the first of a series of ongoing posts, we focus on the films that were awarded the honor within the 2000’s.
Despite the acclaim and obvious notoriety that is accustomed with the winners of this prize, the films in question almost never achieve universal acceptance. Some of them prove to become known in equal measure for their divisive quality as well as their merits. Films such as Gus Van Sant’s meandering and observational portrait of a high school tragedy Elephant (2003), and Lars von Trier’s musical drama Dancer in the Dark (2000) are not without their critics, with The Guardian’s senior film critic Peter Bradshaw claiming the latter was “perhaps one of the worst things in the history of the world”.
So, can we claim to see the same polarizing qualities in the final images of these films? And is there an argument to suggest that when painstakingly creating our own films, songs, books and final images, that dividing opinion should always be the aim?
Thank you for reading and keep your eyes open for our follow up post on the Palmes d’Or of the 1990’s.
And don’t forget that we are taking submissions via email currently for our very own Final Image Film Festival, so dare to polarize us like Michael Haneke and Michael Moore before you.
- Intern Samuel (samuelclark101)
Dancer in the Dark | 2000 | dir. Lars von Trier
The Son’s Room | 2001 | dir. Nanni Moretti
The Pianist | 2002 | dir. Roman Polanski
Elephant | 2003 | dir. Gus Van Sant
Fahrenheit 9/11 | 2004 | dir. Michael Moore
The Child | 2005 | dir. Dardenne brothers
The Wind That Shakes the Barley | 2006 | dir. Ken Loach
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days | 2007 | dir. Cristian Mungiu
The Class | 2008 | dir. Laurent Cantet
The White Ribbon | 2009 | dir. Michael Haneke