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France - In a class of his own

When Laurent Cantet heard his name called during the awards ceremony at last month's Cannes film festival, he was not entirely surprised. The Class (Entre Les Murs), Cantet's Palme d'Or winning film, had been tipped to take a prize when the busload of schoolchildren who appear in the film was called back to Cannes just one hour after it had left town on Sunday morning. Still, Cantet was not expecting to walk away with the first French Palme d'Or since Maurice Pialat's ...

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