Sunday, May 24, 2009

Michael Haneke Wins Palme d'Or

The uber-prestigious Cannes Film Festival wraps up today, after parades of raves for Pixar's Up (shown out of competition) and tirades of outraged viewers after the screening of Lars von Trier's Antichrist.  Coming out on top is Michael Haneke for his film The White Ribbon.  This is the first Palme for Haneke, who has produced some of the most confounding and complicated films of the last decade or so, including 1997's Funny Games and 2004's Cache.  Though I've yet to see the film, I'm glad this intellectually stimulating filmmaker, whose films often begin with far more questions than answers, gets this kind of recognition.  Full winners below (courtesy AwardsDaily):

  • Palme d’Or: The White Ribbon directed by Michael Haneke
  • Grand Prix: A Prophet by Jacques Audiard
  • Special Jury Prize: Alan Resnais director of Wild Grass
  • Prix du Jury (Jury Prize): Fish Tank directed by Andrea Arnold & Thirst directed by Park Chan-Wook
  • Best Director: Kinatay by Brillante Mendoza
  • Best Screenplay: Spring Fever by Lou Ye
  • Best Actor: Christopher Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
  • Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourgh for Antichrist
  • Camera d’Or: Samson and Delilah directed by Warwick Thorton
  • Camera d’Or (Special Mention): Ajami
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: Arena directed by Joao Salaviza

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