Egoyan’s ’Adoration’ wins a prize

This just in. Atom Egoyan has won the Ecumenical jury’s prize in Cannes for Adoration. It’s awarded by a different jury than the one chaired by Sean Penn, which decides the main prizes. With rather fuzzy criteria, the Ecumenical jury recognizes films that have a spiritual dimension and plumb the depths of the human condition. Previous recipients include Babel and Cache. Egoyan won the prize 11 years ago for The Sweet Hereafter, which then won the International Critics’ Prize and the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes before going on to receive two Oscar nominations. Whether or not Adoration will follow suit, at least Egoyan won’t be going be home empty-handed.