PARIS CINEMA FESTIVAL 2011 â€“ ROUND UP
The ninth annual Paris Cinema Festival took place July 2-13, hosting a packed line-up of over 40 film premieres and opening with actress-turned-filmmaker MaÃ¯wennâ€™s Cannes Jury Prize-winning CPU drama Polisse, and closing with the world premiere of The Monk, in the presence of director Dominik Moll and stars Vincent Cassel and newcomer JosÃ©phine Japy.
Autobiographical tale Declaration of War, about a young couple grappling with their babyâ€™s brain tumor, won three awards including the top jury prize, the bloggers and web award and the audience kudos.
Two other debut features were recognised â€“ Leila Kilaniâ€™s On the Plank following four womenâ€™s bid to get out of working in a shrimp factory was given a special mention and Argentinian born Paula Markovitchâ€™s The Prize, about a seven-year-old in hiding with her mother, won the studentsâ€™ nod.
This yearâ€™s festival focused on Mexican cinema, with retrospectives for actors Gael GarcÃa Bernal, Franco-Brit Michael Lonsdale and Isabella Rossellini, and tributes to directors including animation guru Michel Ocelot, Clint Eastwoodâ€™s right hand man Don Siegel and the great Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski.
Their annual â€˜Nuit du cinÃ©maâ€™ (night of cinema) presented a marathon of films on July 2 which set the tone of the festival: rare films from 1950s Mexico, Japanese erotica, 1970s Filipino jungle action and a series of female vampire films from 1960s Pakistan ran alongside The Living Corpse and Jenniferâ€™s Body.