The ultra-glamorous 65th Cannes Film Festival came to end Sunday evening. The chic red carpet awards ceremony was held amidst rain, thunder and lightening – an added dramatic effect maybe for some of the night’s surprise winners. After 12 days of screening over 100 films, both in competition and out, attendees and the world were ready to see who would would win the evening’s awards.

The official jury, whom was headed by veteran Italian director, Nanni Moretti, were thrilled with their choices. Of the 22 competing films, the prestigious Palm d’Or was given to Austrian director, Michael Haneke for his film, “Amour.” The touching film told the story of an elderly couple coping with the wife’s failing health. This was Haneke’s second Palm d’Or. He also won in 2009 for his film, “The White Ribbon,” a triumph that only six other directors share in the festival’s history. The film’s stars, Emmanuelle Riva, 85-years-old and Jean-Louis Triatignant, 81-years-old, both gave tremendous performances and were honored in Haneke’s award speech.

Best Actor was given to Danish actor, Mads Mikkelsen, for his work in the psychedelic thriller, “The Hunt.”
The prize for Best Actress was shared by two actresses, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, for their roles in Christian Mangiu’s, “Beyond the Hills.”

Best Director went to Mexican filmmaker, Carlos Reygadas, for his experimental film, “Beyond the Hills,” by Romanian director, Christian Mangiu, was awarded Best Screenplay. He won the Palm d’Or in 2007 for “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days.”

The Jury Prize was given to “The Angel’s Share” by British director, Ken Loach – the only British film in the competition.

Camera d’Or went to “Beasts of the Southern Wild” by American director, Benh Zeitlin.

And lastly, the Short Film Palm d’Or was awarded to Turkey’s Rezan Yesilbas for “Sessiz-Be Deng,” or “Silence.”

Another successful festival – although sadly no new talent was recognized. As the evening ended, attendees left the ceremony dodging puddles and rain-soaked carpet. Winners and guests celebrated their victory with a cocktail at the the French Riviera resort.

By: Helene Kelly-Isham

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