For a film that contemplates an elderly couple shuffling toward their mortal coil, Michael Haneke briefly became, yet again, the most talked about filmmaker on the planet.
The filmmaker whose works “The Piano Teacher,” “Funny Games,” “The Idiots” and “Cache” have made him a household name around Europe, and for whom adaptations and Oscar nominations have become de rigeur, remains a quiet wolf-like figure without much fanfare in the North American scene. As with those previous films, “Amour” is sure to continue to please and provoke his core fan base, but is unlikely to measure on the Richter scale outside of any major city.
Considered a favorite as soon as the credits started rolling on the film, this year’s festival served up “Rust & Bone,” “Lawless” and “Reality” as other worthy cinematic offerings and was generally regarded as a marquis slate that is representative of Cannes usual family of filmmakers.
With Sean Penn’s fundraising event for Haiti, elaborate dinners provided by Michelin starred chefs at Electrolux’s Agora pavilion, and the usual swankiness of famous people draped in exotic fashions, the celebrities and the rain both seemed to rival the movies as the elements making the most mark on the 65th edition of the world’s grandest festival.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Palme d’Or: AMOUR (Love) by Michael HANEKE
Grand Prix: REALITY by Matteo GARRONE
Award for Best Director: Carlos REYGADAS for POST TENEBRAS LUX
Jury Prize: THE ANGELS’ SHARE by Ken LOACH
Award for Best Actor: Mads MIKKELSEN in JAGTEN (The Hunt) by Thomas VINTERBERG
Award for Best Actress: Cristina FLUTUR & Cosmina STRATAN in DUPÃ DEALURI (Beyond The Hills) by Cristian MUNGIU
Award for Best Screenplay: Cristian MUNGIU for pour DUPÃ DEALURI (Beyond The Hills)
Palme d’Or: SESSIZ-BE DENG (Silent) by L. Rezan YESILBAS
CAMERA D’OR (for a first time filmmaker):
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh ZEITLIN presented in Un Certain Regard Selection