Last week, the jury of the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival unanimously awarded French director Laurent Cantet the Palme d’Or for his film Entre les murs, or “The Class,” based on François Bégaudeau’s semi-autobiographical account of teaching in an inner city Paris middle school.
Cantent and Cast, Cannes, 25 May 2008
On his voting decision, jury member Alfonso Cuarón relayed :
This is one of those rare films in which we’re talking about high cinema that you can share with really young audiences. That is what it has to say, in the world in which we are living. They are going to be the ones who will be in charge of finding solutions, in the very difficult world they are inheriting.
Cantent describes the film as, “a microcosm of the world, where issues of equality or inequality play out,”  picking up on his recurring theme of social alienation. Despite the language barrier for non-Francophone audiences, Cuarón indicated that the human side of the film is clearly universal.