The Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up in France, and it turned out to be a very good one, the best in recent memory.
In this interview, John Powers, NPR’s film critic-at-large, gives a good, spirited debrief (iTunes – Stream) on a festival that featured, among other things, several highly-acclaimed American films, including ones by the Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men), Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park), and Michael Moore (Sicko). Also, Powers touches on the Romanian film that took top honors at the festival (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) as well as Quentin Tarantino’s splendid disappointment (Death Proof). You can find the full list of 2007 prize winners here.
For an another point of view, you can check out the New York Times podcast from Cannes (iTunes – mp3). Here you get A.O. Scott’s and Manohla Dargis‘ final thoughts on the festival, plus their other podcasts from the Riviera. And while you’re at it, you can review a collection of their print coverage.
Lastly, here’s a French perspective on the festival that comes from Europe 1. (Yes, it is in French.)