The winners have been announced and this 65th edition of the Cannes Festival is officially over. Slim pickins for the U.S., with the American Benh Zeitlin winning the only prize in the Official Selection, the Camera D’Or (for feature films being presented at Cannes for the first time). Let’s hope for a stronger showing next year in Cannes. One of the surprises of the evening included the “A separation” actress Leila Hatami coming up on stage to present one of the top prizes. The memory of Claude Miller, who’s AD’d Jean-Luc Godard and Marcel Carné hung heavily over tonight’s ceremony, with many actors and directors paying homage to him in pre-broadcast remarks. Miller left us this last April after a battle with cancer.
Another surprise is the fact that neither Jacques Audiard nor Leos Carax, two essential filmmakers today whose films were more than deserving (“Of Rust and Bone” and “Holy Motors,” respectively) won any prize whatsoever.
This year’s winners are as follows:
AMOUR (LOVE) directed by Michael HANEKE
REALITY directed by Matteo GARRONE (see our interview with screenwriter Massimo Gaudioso)
Carlos REYGADAS for POST TENEBRAS LUX
Cristian MUNGIU for DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS)
Cristina FLUTUR in DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS) directed by Cristian MUNGIUCosmina STRATAN in DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS) directed by Cristian MUNGIU
Mads MIKKELSEN in JAGTEN (THE HUNT) directed by Thomas VINTERBERG
THE ANGELS’ SHARE directed by Ken LOACH (pictured)
Palme d’Or – Short Film
SESSIZ-BE DENG (SILENT) directed by L.Rezan YESILBAS