This year’s Cannes Film Festival Jury gave awards to big names (juliette Binoche “Best actress” javier Bardem, “Best actor” ex-aequo with Italian actor Elio Germano) Mathieu Almaric (Best Director) as well as artists with less recognition (Mahamet Saleh Haroun, Jury Prize) The jury also particularly defied the oddsmakers on Sunday night, voting to give Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” its top prize of the Palme d’Or.
A supernatural-laden drama about a dying man who takes a mystical journey, the film had won the hearts of many critics and festival-goers when it screened last week, but most experts believed the prize would go to one of a group of Cannes veterans, including Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Abbas Kiarostami and Mike Leigh, all of whom had well-received films. Weerasethakul, known colloquially as “Joe,” becomes a Palme d’Or winner at the relatively young age of 39, with “Boonmee,” his sixth film. It is very likely this top prize will get Weerasethakul distributors dealsinternationally.
LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) directed by Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL
DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX (OF GODS AND MEN) directed by Xavier BEAUVOIS
Award for Best Director; Mathieu AMALRIC for TOURNÉE (ON TOUR)
Award for Best Screenplay; LEE Chang-dong for POETRY
Award for Best Actor Ex-aequo Javier BARDEM in BIUTIFUL directed by Alejandro GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU and Elio GERMANO in LA NOSTRA VITA (OUR LIFE) directed by Daniele LUCHETTI
UN HOMME QUI CRIE (A screaming man) directed by Mahamat-SALEH HAROUN
Palme d’Or – Short Film CHIENNE D’HISTOIRE (BARKING ISLAND) directed by Serge AVÉDIKIAN
Jury Prize – Short Film MICKY BADER (BATHING MICKY) directed by Frida KEMPFF