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DP Gautier Honored at Cannes, Michael Moore Doc Wins Palm dOr

Cinematographer Eric Gautier (“Pola X,” “Irma Vep”) was awarded a technical award May 23rd at the

2004 Festival de Cannes

for his work on two competition films, the Olivier Assayas-directed “Clean” and “Motorcycle Diaries,” helmed by Walter Salles. The honor may have been overshadowed by Michael Moore’s Palme d’Or win for “Fahrenheit 9/11,” a documentary criticizing the Bush Administration. The news follows the recent announcement that Disney will not allow their Miramax division to distribute the “Fahrenheit 9/11” in the United States, as previously planned.

Other honors included the Grand Prix to “Old Boy,” directed by Park Chan-Wook, Best Actress Award to Maggie Cheung for her role in “Clean,” Best Actor to Yuuya Yagira for “Nobody Knows,” Best Director to Tony Gatlif for “Exils,” Best Screenplay to “Comme une Image” by Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri, The Camera d’Or to “Or” by Keren Yedaya, Short Film Palme d’Or to “Trafic” by Catalin Mitulescu, Short Film Jury Prize to “Flatlife” by Jonas Geirnaert. Camera d’Or Special Mentions were also given to “Lu Cheung (Passages)” by Yang Chao and “Bitter Dream” by Mohsen Amiryoussefi. Special Jury Prizes were awarded to actress Irma P. Hall of “The Ladykillers” and “Tropical Malady, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.