The Palme d’Or has been awarded – to Michael Haneke’s Amour, as many had predicted it would. There was talk that possibly Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone could have scooped it, or even the wacky Holy Motors, starring Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue. Those films also didn’t pick up anything in other categories either, with the Grand Prix going to Reality by Matteo Garrone, Best Director to Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux, Best Actor to Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt and Best Actress to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan in Beyond the Hills by former Palme winner Cristian Mungiu.
Mungiu’s film also earned him a Best Screenplay award. Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share scored the Jury Prize, while Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin picked up the Camera d’Or prize in the Un Certain Regard section, which runs parallel to the fest’s official in competition selection.
And so, that’s a wrap for this year’s festival. Thanks to the National Film and Video Foundation for partly helping me get to Cannes so that I could report on all the news coming out of the festival and watch how South Africa has grown in its participation at the event. Also thanks to my fabulous journo gal pals MJ, Alicia and Lisa who make this work that much easier (it ain’t a walk on the beach, you know…)
A bientôt Cannes!