Austrian director Michael Haneke has won the Cannes film festival’s top prize.
He scooped the Palme d’Or for his film “Love” – the tale of an elderly couple facing the inescapable, yet no less tragic march of death.
The film, set almost entirely in a Paris apartment, left audiences in tears in Cannes.
“Love” also attracted praise for its two main actors who are both in the 80s.
“A very, very big thanks to my actors who have made this film. It’s their film. They are the essence of this film,” Hanneke said at the closing ceremony.
Haneke, who was among the frontrunners, joins an elite group of two-time winners at the world’s biggest film festival after his “The White Ribbon” won in 2009.