Monday, May 24, 2010

Cannes: 'Uncle Boonmee' Wins Palme d’Or, Best Actress Binoche, Best Actor Bardem and Germano

Javier Bardem and Juliette Binoche with Best Actor and Best Actress Award
63rd Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony, May 23rd

Cannes Film Festival juries handed out their awards Sunday.

Thailand's 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives' wins Palme d'Or

Competition jury president Tim Burton announced the winner of the Palme d’Or: the complex critics’ fave from Thailand, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

The runner-up Grand Prix prize went to Of Gods and Men, (Deux Hommes et des Dieux) directed by Xavier Beauvois.
Best Actor Co-winner Javier Bardem in a scene from 'Biutiful'

Best Actor prize was shared by Javier Bardem for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful (comme tout le monde) and Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita.

Best Actor Co-winner Elio Germano in a scene from La Nostra Vita

Juliette Binoche, Best Actress Award for 'Copie Conforme'
Closing Ceremony, 63rd Cannes Film Festival
Juliette Binoche wore a Cartier platinum, diamond & onyx Panthere necklace
(Photo by Eric Ryan/Getty Images)

Best actress went to Juliette Binoche for Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy (Copie Conforme).

Tournée at Cannes
Photosource: Nicolas Genin

French actor-turned-director Mathieu Amalric won Best director prize for his colorful burlesque film, Tournée.

Best screenplay went to another well-reviewed film, Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry (Shi). “A profound story of an elderly woman in search of the fundamental poetry from her life. Aside from being sentenced with an Alzheimer’s disease, she faces another dilemma when her teen-aged grandson who is under her care is found to be one of the assaulters of a girl from his junior-high school who had committed suicide.” Check out the trailer after the jump.

As far as any Cannes awards impact on potential Oscar contenders, Bardem has a shot. Biutiful will get released in the States, as does Manville, who will be shepherded by Sony Pictures Classics. While there will be more acquisitions news to come, most of the films announced as winners will never reach U.S. theaters.


Palme d’Or
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Grand Prix (runner-up)
Des Hommes Et Des Dieux (Of God and Men), directed by Xavier Beauvois

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director)
Mathieu Amalric for Tournée (On Tour)

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay)
Poetry by Lee Chang-dong

Camera d’Or (best first feature)
Año Bisiesto directed by Michael Rowe

Prix du Jury (jury prize)
A Screaming Man directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress)
Juliette Binoche for Certified Copy (directed by Abbas Kiarostami)

Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor - a Tie)
Javier Bardem for Biutiful (directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita (directed by Daniele Luchetti)

Palme d’Or (short film)
Chienne d’Histoire directed by Serge Avedikian

Also winning awards at the Festival de Cannes:

Prize of Un Certain Regard: Ha Ha Ha, directed by Hong Sangsoo
Jury Prize: Octubre, directed by Daniel Vega & Diego Vega
Special Prize: The three actresses—Adela Sanzhez, Eva Bianco, and Victoria Rapos—from Ivan Fund & Santiago Losa’s Los Labios (The Lips)

Art Cinema Award: Pieds nus sur les limaces, directed by Fabienne Berthaud (France)
Prix SACD/SACD Prize: Illégal, directed Olivier Masset-Depasse (Belgium – Luxembourg – France).
Label Europa Cinemas: Le Quattro Volte, directed by Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy)
PRIX SFR: “Cautare,” directed Ionut Piturescu (Romania) and “Mary Last Seen,” directed by Sean Durkin (USA)
Palm Dog Award: Vuk, the goatherd’s dog in Le Quattro Volte, directed by by Michelangelo Frammartino

Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique: Armadillo, directed by Janus Metz
SACD Prize: Bi, dung so! (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid!), directed by Phan Dang Di
ACID/CCAS Support: Bi, dung so!, directed by Phan Dang Di
OFAJ (Very) Young Critic Award: Sound of Noise, directed by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjaerne Nilsson
Canal+ Award for Best Short Film: “Berik,” directed by Daniel Joseph Borgman
Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film: “Deeper Than Yesterday,” directed by Ariel Kleiman

Cannes Competition: Tournée” (On Tour) directed by Mathieu Amalric
Un Certain Regard: Pal Adrienn, directed by Agnes Kocsis
Director’s Fortnight/Critics’ Week: Todos vos sodes capitans, directed by Olivier Laxe

Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki

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