Fahrenheit 9/11 Wins Palme d’Or

Michael Moore’s incendiary documentary trashing the politics and policy of the Bush administration has captured the top prize at Cannes. It was the first documentary to be awarded the Palme d’Or since Jacques Cousteau’s The Silent World took the prize nearly 50 years ago. Moore was the darling of Cannes this year, though some observers noted that, if his film won, it would be more an expression of European outrage with current American foreign policy than a true reflection of the quality of the picture. Still, in a year when no one film blew away the competition, Fahrenheit 9/11 stood out from the pack.