Cannes is a prestigious film festival and the Palme d’Or its most prized award; perhaps the most coveted award in world cinema, for those not of an Academy Award persuasion. Each year, acclaimed auteurs line up with their films to compete, and many have rightly been rewarded for their work.
That’s not to say that the jury are always correct in their final decisions, however. Several times they’ve surprised with their choice, an outright favourite ignored, or a presumed outsider picked. This list, then, considers 10 years when the Palme d’Or went to the wrong film, when a far superior choice was waiting to be crowned.
1. La Haine (1995)
The Winner: Underground
La Haine and Undeground were similar in some small respects: both took important social issues and raised awareness of them, in their own inimitable style. Mathieu Kassovitz, however, was far more successful in his execution.
La Haine was a punchy, forceful drama, a film that hit between the nose and didn’t wait for you to get up. Shot in stark black-and-white, this was a Paris socially and economically a completely different world to another famous film Kassovitz was involved in, Amelie (2001).
There was no colour, no vibrancy, only tension and violence. When the film was released, its impact was so great that Kassovitz and his leading man Vincent Cassel were catapulted to cinematic stardom; neither have left the French or worldwide scene since.
The film was so vital in showing another side to the City of Lights, the poor, multiracial communities suffering quietly under anger, frustration, persecution, and ennui. The greatness of La Haine, however, comes from Kassovitz’s ability to find traces of humanity in every corner of his film.
Whether it be a sympathetic policeman or a frail, old man they meet, everyone → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema