The 65th Cannes International Film Festival came to a grand end on Sunday night with Austrian Michael Haneke’s film Amour (Love) taking home the top prize — the Palme d’Or. Praised as a “masterpiece” by critics, the French-language flick is being lauded for “exposing the icy secrets of the soul”.
While the 12-day gala was inundated with movies on American themes, Europe swept all but one trophy. Meanwhile, French actor Audrey Tautou, known for her sweet and light roles in films such as Amelie, was praised for shedding her image and playing a husband-poisoner in late director Claude Miller’s final outing, Therese Desqueyroux, that closed the gala.
The final day was also buzzing with news about the standing ovation that Nicole Kidman’s The Paperboy received. The appreciation overwhelmed Kidman’s co-star Zac Efron, who was moved to tears.
* Palme d’Or: Amour by Michael Haneke (Austria)
* Best Director: Carlos Reygadas (Mexico) for Post Tenebras Lux
* Best Actress: Jointly awarded to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu (Romania)
* Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
* Best Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu (Romania) for Beyond the Hills
* Grand Prix: Matteo Garrone (Italy) for Reality
* Jury Prize: Ken Loach (Britain) for The Angel’s Share
* Bouts of stormy weather took over the gala
* Defensive protests over the absence of women directors
* Angelina Jolie missed the event, while partner Brad Pitt attended
* Journalists were charged $3000 for a 20 min chat with Pitt
* Gerard Butler and Adrien Brody stayed put in their yachts during initial days
* Actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Zac Efron lauded for grown up image in their new flicks
* Singer Pete Doherty, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue turned actors
* Jackie Chan announced retirement from action movies