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Michael Haneke Wins Palme d’Or at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Posted by , on May 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm 

With the 65th Cannes Film Festival winding down today, the jury has announced their winning picks. Following up Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life last year, Michael Haneke once again wins the Palme d’Or for his drama Amour (our review), after taking it home for The White Ribbon just a few years back. The other major winner was Cristian Mungiu, who won prizes for Best Screenplay and Best Actress (awarded to Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur) for his drama Beyond the Hills, a film we were mixed on.

The other major win was Mads Mikkelsen‘s Best Actor nab for The Hunt, one of our favorites from the fest, along with the Grand Prix going to Matteo Garrone‘s Reality (our review). Lastly, it’s great to see Benh Zeitlin take home a much-deserved Best First Feature prize for the Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild. Check out all the winners below via Movieline.

Palme d’Or:
Amour by Michael Haneke

Grand Prix of the Jury:
Reality by Matteo Garrone

Prix de la Mise en Scene (Best Director):
Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux

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

Camera d’Or (Best First Feature):
Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin

Prix du Jury (Jury Prize):
The Angels’ Share directed by Ken Loach

Prix d’interpretation feminine (Best Actress):
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur for Beyond the Hills directed by Cristian Mungiu

Prix d’interpretation masculine (Best Actor):
Mads Mikkelsen for Jagten (The Hunt), directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Palme d’Or (Short Film):
Silence (Sessis-Be Deng) directed by L. Rezan Yesilbas

Follow our complete Cannes 2012 Film Festival coverage.


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