Austrian director Michael Haneke won this year’s Palme d’Or at The Cannes Film Festival with “Amour”, which tells the tale of an elderly couple, facing the inescapable, yet no less tragic march of death. Haneke joins an elite group of two-time winners at the world’s biggest film festival
Meanwhile Italian film director Matteo Garrone won the Grand Prix Award for his latest work, “Reality”. A modern day fairytale, of sorts, where the film’s protagonist endeavours to find fame through reality TV but in the process, loses all perception of what is real and what is not.
Carlos Reygadas took the award for Best Director with his latest offering: ‘Post Tenebras Lux’.
The somewhat baffling film tells the story of Juan and his family who live in the Mexican countryside. It deals with themes of suffering and temptation but has been met with mixed reviews across the board.
Sharing the award for Best Actress for their parts in Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills” were Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur. The at times disturbing drama centres on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage. At 18 one leaves to find work in Germany while the other finds refuge in a rather draconian convent in Romania.
Winner of the Best Actor Award was Mads Mikkelsen for his lead role in ‘The Hunt’ by Thomas Vinterberg. The film explores love, hatred and lies, triggered by a child abuse case which devastates a close knit community.
However Cannes would not be Cannes if veteran, British Director and festival favourite Ken Loach did not get a mention and this year he was honoured with a Special Jury Prize for his latest film, “Angel’s Share”. In it, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf when a visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his friends to find a way out of their hopeless lives.