Haneke finally wins Palme d’Or for White Ribbon
Europe triumphed this evening at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival with the Palme d’Or going to Austrian director Michael Haneke (see interview) for The White Ribbon [+see also:
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile] (see review), a feature co-produced by Germany, France and Italy. At 67, the director has finally won the Holy Grail of international cinema in his fifth appearance in competition, after receiving the Grand Prize in 2001 and Best Director in 2005.
The Grand Prize went to the other major favourite: A Prophet [+see also:
interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
film profile] (see review) by France’s Jacques Audiard (see interview), which was minority co-produced by Italy.
Europe also swept up the acting awards, with Best Actress going to France’s Charlotte Gainsbourg for her performance in Danish director Lars von Trier’s Antichrist [+see also:
interview: Lars von Trier
film profile] and Best Actor to Austria’s Christoph Waltz for his role as a Nazi in US filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
film profile], which was co-produced by Germany. Meanwhile, the Special Jury Prize was awarded to French director Alain Resnais (in competition this year with Wild Grass [+see also:
Europe scooped further honours, with the Jury Prize going to the UK’s Andrea Arnold (see interview) for Fish Tank [+see also:
interview: Andrea Arnold
film profile] (see review), an award shared with Korean director Park Chan-wook’s Thirst.
And European production was also indirectly lauded, with Best Director going to Philippine filmmaker Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay and Best Screenplay to China’s Mei Feng for Spring Fever, two films co-produced by France.
Finally, the future also belongs to Europe, with the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film going to Portugal’s João Salaviza for Arena, while Australian director Warwick Thornton received the Camera d’Or for Best Debut Feature for Samson and Delilah.
List of prize winners
Jury Special Prize
Spring Fever de Lou Ye (CN)
Samson and Delilah
Warwick Thornton (AU)
Scandar Copti (IL) / Yaron Shani (PS)
Palme d´Or for Best Short Film
João Salaviza (PT)
Best Short Film
The Six Dollars Fifty Man
Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland (NZ)
(Translated from French)
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