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Cannes closes with glittering ceremony CANNES: After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or.French actor Lambert Wilson hosted the black-tie event in the festival's 2,300-seat main theatre. US directing duo the Coen brothers headed this year's jury of top actors and filmmakers deciding which of the 19 competition entries will walk away with the 20,000-euro ($24,000) gold-and-crystal trophy.Two runner-up films will also get prizes, along with awards for best director, actor, actress and screenplay.Critics have hailed this year's crop, which revealed a remarkably strong contingent from Italy, two noted Chinese-language pictures, a couple of American features seemingly destined for Oscar acclaim, a raw Holocaust movie, and a mixed bag of French fare.After rule changes in past years, the Palme d'Or cannot be shared and must go to ...

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Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot share Cannes best actress award CANNES: In a surprise decision, the Cannes jury on Sunday split the best actress award between upcoming Hollywood star Rooney Mara and France's Emmanuelle Bercot, bypassing bookies' favourite Cate Blanchett.Mara won plaudits for her part in 1950s lesbian love story "Carol", although many critics had focused on Blanchett who plays her older lover.But the jury, led by American sibling directors Joel and Ethan Coen, decided the prize should go to the less showy performance delivered ...

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France's Vincent Lindon wins Cannes's best actor award CANNES: Talented, gruff and a former squeeze of Monaco's Princess Caroline, French character actor Vincent Lindon scooped the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for his leading role in a tough drama about unemployment.Able to jump from touching everyman to rough hooligan, Lindon has rarely been seen abroad but will get international attention after winning the prize for his part in "The Measure of a Man". He plays a laid-off factory ...

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Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien wins Cannes best director award for 'The Assassin' CANNES: Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien scooped the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for his slow-burning minimalist drama "The Assassin".The film is set in ninth-century China, at the end of the Tang Dynasty, with Asian megastar Shu Qi playing a highly trained female assassin who, after failing in one mission, is sent back to her home province to kill its governor, who is also the man she loves.Despite its action-packed premise, the ...

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'Fragile' African cinema clinging on at Cannes CANNES: Africa's "fragile" cinema has kept a toe-hold at the Cannes Film Festival, with a veteran Malian director and the first-ever Ethiopian as the continent's only entries in the official selection."I feel very grateful, lucky and proud to represent this part of the world," said Yared Zeleke, 36, whose movie "Lamb" became the first Ethiopian flick selected for the world's premier film festival.The only other African director among the 50-odd films in the official selection ...

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Cannes race wide open on awards eve CANNES: The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes.A Cate Blanchett lesbian love story, a gruelling Auschwitz drama, an all-star tableau on the ravages of age, and a slow-burn martial arts movie from Taiwan all looked well-placed to capture top honours from a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen.But in one of the tightest ...

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Fawad Khan says no to intimate scenes 'again' Pakistani actor Fawad Khan comes with too many restrictions when it comes to his prime values. The actor has once again refuses to do intimate scene with his co-stars in any of his upcoming projects. The actor was to share an intimate sequence with Sonam Kapoor in ‘Khoobsurat’ but he never kissed her in the film. He has once again refused to kiss Sonam in ‘Battle for Bittora’. According to a DNA India, the actor ...