Cannes ’11: A ‘cloud’ of films
Like the annual presidential “State of the Union” address, which contains many standard themes while also reflective of the particular pressing issues at the time, the annual Cannes Film Festival is similarly possessed of films that have aspects and elements that are eminently recognizable and yet unique to that year's crop.
And, as word clouds are generated to give a visual glimpse of the areas of emphasis in the the presidential address, it’s possible to use that same technique to give a flavor of themes of this year’s festival. So, herewith are two word clouds, one showing the frequency of themes of the 30 Cannes films in competition this year, the other showing the frequency of Hollywood themes — and the lack over overlap is deliberate.
The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, won the Palme d'Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.