With another Cannes Film Festival all wrapped up, it’s time for a rundown of the awards as decided by the various distinguished juries.
As we noted yesterday, a great success for an Arab film is Hany Abu-Assad’s Jury Prize win in the Un Certain Regard section for his ‘Omar’, the story of young Palestinians and the effects of the occupation on their lives. The section’s jury, led by acclaimed Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (whose ‘The Hunt’ was a DTFF selection last year), gave the main award to Rithy Panh’s ‘The Missing Picture’, another instalment in the celebrated director’s examinations of the horrors visited on the people Cambodia during the rule of Pol Pot.
The Un Certan Regard Directing Prize was awarded to Alain Guiraudie for his ‘Stranger by the Lake’; the A Certain Talent prize, for best performance, went to the ensemble cast of Diego Quemada-Diez’s ‘La Jaula de Oro’; and the Avenir Prize for an upcoming director was handed to Ryan Coogler for his ‘Fruitvale Station’.
In the Official Competition, films that had buzz were pretty much rewarded – it was really just a question of which award would go to which film. In the end, the Steven Spielberg jury gave the top prize – the Palme d’Or – to Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche for his ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’, a compelling love story between two young French women. The Grand Prize of the Jury went to Ethan and Joel Coen – no strangers to Cannes awards – for their musical dark comedy ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’.
Amat Escalante was named best director for ‘Heli’, a tale of the horrors of the drug trade in the director’s native Mexico. Much-lauded Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke won the award for Best Screenplay for his complex and violent ‘A Touch of Sin’. Asghar Farhadi followed up his wildly successful ‘A Separation’ with this year’s ‘The Past’, another look at a troubled couple; Bérénice Bojo took the Best Actress award for her performance in Farhadi’s work. New Hollywood icon Bruce Dern’s turn as a determined if befuddled Midwestern old-timer brought him the Best Actor award in Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’. A Jury Prize went to Hirokazu Kore-eda for his ‘Like Father, Like Son’, and the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film went to Byoung-gon Moon for ‘Safe’.
For a complete listing of this year’s Cannes awards, click here.
Check out the closing night of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in pictures here.