David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, a taut psychological thriller starring Viggo Mortensen as a small-town family man who may have a criminal past, had been considered Canada's best hope for a prize. Though many were surprised the film did not win any awards, Cronenberg, who served as jury president in 1999, made it clear he puts little stock in prizes. He said last week that Cannes was important primarily as a way to launch his film internationally.

This year marked the first time in 28 years that two Canadian films were among the 21 films from around the world in the official competition. The other was Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies, a multilayered backstage drama about two fifties' television stars and an unsolved murder that splits apart their act.

The Globe and Mail: Cannes festival dashes Canadian hopes


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