News+Politics May 11, 2011
My Top 10 Favourite Cannes Winners

You know where could really use some romance, class and sophistication? France. That's why today, one of the most glamourous and prestigious film festivals in the world is kicking off - it's the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and it promises to be a colourful one.

Robert De Niro is heading up the jury this year. Woody Allen opened the festival today with his newest offering, Midnight in Paris. Terrence Malick will finally unveil his new epic, Tree of Life, a film he's been working on for years under a shroud of mystery. And a controversial pick, Unlawful Killing, explores the conspiracy around Princess Diana's death, complete with photographs taken just moments before she died. As if the movie wasn't contentious enough, feathers are being further ruffled by the decision to debut this film so soon after last month's royal wedding.

The highest honour a film can receive at Cannes is the Palme d'Or, an award that goes to the director of the best film in the competition. While we wait to see who wins it this year, here's my Top 10 Winners of Cannes gone by:

1949 - The Third Man
1970 - MASH
1974 - The Conversation
1976 - Taxi Driver
1978 - Apocalypse Now
1979 - The Tin Drum
1984 - Paris, Texas
1991 - Barton Fink
1994 - Pulp Fiction
2007 - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

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