The Austrian film Director Michael Hanecke scooped the top prize at the Cannes on Sunday, winning the prestigious Palme d’Or.
Jury President Isabel Huppert handed over the award for best picture for ‘The White Ribbon’ The film depicts the sinister atmosphere in a German village on the eve of World War One. Haneke said: ‘‘It feels good. It’s the most important film festival in the world, so if you get the main prize it’s very nice and good for future projects.’‘ A notable night for Austria, Christoph Walz took the best actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’ while France’s Charlotte Gainsbourg won the prize for Best Actress in Antichrist. ‘‘I would like to share the prize with my director Lars von Triers who allowed me to live what I believe was the intense, most painful and most exciting experience in my whole life,’‘ said Gainsbourg. The second-most prestigious prize at Cannes went to A Prophet by French director Jacques Audiard.