Wednesday, May 30, 2012


"Amour", the latest film from writer/director Michael Haneke took home the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, making him the first filmmaker to win the grand prize twice as well as winning for his consecutive films with his previous feature, "The White Ribbon" in 2009.

This French-language film is the tragic story of a elderly, retired music teacher who is struggling to care for his wife after she has suffered serious medical ailments that have left her unable to speak or move on her own. Acclaimed veteran actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva play the couple with Isabelle Huppert as their daughter who wants to place her mother in a nursing home but her father refuses.

Palme d'Or:  "Amour" directed by Michael Haneke

Other winners include:

Grand Prix: "Reality", directed by Matteo Garrone

Prix Du Jury: "The Angel's Share" directed by Ken Loach

Prix de la Mise en Scène (Best Director): "Post Tenebras Lux", directed by Carlos Reygadas

Prix du Scenario (Best Screenplay): Cristian Mungiu,"Beyond the Hills"

Prix d’interpretation feminine (Best Actress): Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur,"Beyond the Hills" 

Prix d’interpretation masculine (Best Actor): Mads Mikkelsen, "The Hunt"

Camera d'Or (Debut Film): "Beasts of the Southern Wild", directed by Benh Zeitlin