I don’t know about you, but I don’t typically follow the film festival circuit.
When and if a film is acknowledged with an award, I usually don’t know about it unless the film is showing at the local cinema and the award is showcased within the advertisement.
Three months ago, writing about the cinematic joy at watching a film without preconceived ideas from critical reviews and preferring to have a clear head for a more virgin film experience, I mentioned 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile, translated into English as “4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days,” a Romanian gem about abortion and the friendship between two girls set during Ceausescu’s dictatorial rule.
The film won the competitive Palme d’Or prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
I don’t know the Palme d’Or from palm oil, other than recipients of the first (after looking it up) include Taxi Driver, Wild at Heart, Pulp Fiction, and Farenheit 9/11; and the second is high in saturated fat.
Of other films awarded 2007 Cannes prizes, the Israeli-produced Meduzot received the Camera d’Or, or first feature film.
With English subtitles, I watched Meduzot, or Jellyfish, over the weekend. I was spellbound.
Maybe I should follow these things more closely.
My reviews of both films are hosted on the Internet Movie Database:
If you’ve seen either film, or generally follow film festival recipients, I’d love to read what you have to say.