This year’s jury president at Cannes, actor director Nanni Moretti, announced the winner of the film festival’s top prize.
Austrian director Michael Haneke won the Palme d’Or for ‘Amour’, a tale of an elderly couple in their declining years.
His film also attracted praise for its two main actors, who are both in the 80s.
‘Amour’ or ‘Love’ is set almost entirely in a Paris apartment. The simple yet moving story drew much acclaim and left Cannes audiences in tears.
British director Ken Loach also picked up an award. Although normally going to an up-and-coming director, veteran Loach was given the Jury Prize for the only comedy in this year’s competition.
‘The Angel’s Share’ is a charming Scottish caper which tells of a delinquent who finds he has a talent for whisky tasting.
Best actress was shared by several recipients in the Romanian film ‘Beyond the Hills’ while Denmark’s Mads Mikkelsen won best actor for his performance in ‘The Hunt’.