Cannes, France: Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 which was acquired last week in Cannes by Videovision Entertainment won the coveted Palme D’Or of the Cannes International Film Festival last night. Fahrenheit 9/11 is the first documentary to win Cannes’ top prize since Jacques Cousteau’s “The Silent World” in 1956.
During his acceptance speech, a visibly moved Michael Moore said, “What have you done? I’m completely overwhelmed by this. I want to make sure if I do nothing else for the rest of this year that those who died in Iraq have not died in vain.” Moore also thanked the Cannes Film Festival jury which this year was headed by cult director, Quentin Tarantino, and added: “You will ensure that the American people will see this movie…You have put a huge light on this.”
The film, a documentary feature, uses Moore’s customary satirical style to accuse Mr Bush of stealing the presidential election in 2000, ignoring terrorism warnings before 11 September 2001 and fuelling fears of more attacks to secure Americans’ support for the war in Iraq.
Sanjeev Singh, Head of Acquisition and Distribution for Videovision Entertainment, said, “We are thrilled that Fahrenheit 9/11has won the Palme D’Or. The film is powerful, yet controversial due to its relentless criticism of the Bush administration in the post-Sept. 11 period. The film will be released in the United States on June 3 and we plan to release it in South Africa shortly thereafter. We also plan to bring Michael Moore to South Africa to promote the release of the film.”