Michael Haneke‘s Amour, a highly admirable, very well realized drama that led me to wonder which form of suicide I should choose when I get older, has won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Congrats to Haneke and Sony Pictures Classics, which will distribute Amour in the States.
The Grand Prix was won by Matteo Garrone‘s Reality….really? And Carlos Reygadas won Best Director for Post Tenebras Lux? Can someone please tell me what’s going on here? This is fairly close to ridiculous. Reality was just passable and not much more. Reygadas is respected with his share of followers, but Lux sucked and mainly pissed people off.
The “bad guy” who urged the jury to make these calls, I strongly suspect, or refused to go along with other preferences (he allegedly hated Holy Motors) is Italian director Nanni Moretti.
Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan shared the Best Actress prize for their performances as former best friends in Cristian Mungiu‘s Beyond The Hills. And Mungiu won for Best Screenplay.
Benh Zeitlin‘s Beasts of the Southern Wild won for Best First Film — congrats! And Ken Loach‘s The Angels Share won the jury prize.