Granted, these have already appeared everywhere else, but for the sake of posterity here are this years Cannes prize winners.
Festival season begins proper for Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second in just over one week’s time, with DocFest. For everyone else it started months ago, at Berlin while for others it begins and ends with Cannes, which closed over the weekend. On Saturday night the films annual prizes were handed out, with the Palme d’Or, perhaps the most prestigious prize on the festival circuit going to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep. Prior to his winning the Palme d’Or we had no idea that Ceylan was such an unknown name in the US. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia was a breakout success here in the UK, riding high on many end of year polls in 2012, while his earlier films, Uzak and Three Monkeys did well too. To counter this apparent anonymity, Vulture.com put together this handy primer.
Elsewhere in the competition, and perhaps most exciting of all, given that Ceylan’s film was the long-time favourite for the top prize, Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu au langage and Xavier Dolan’s Mommy shared the Jury Prize. The youngest and the eldest filmmakers in competition, this verdict acts as a sealant of the great praise both films have received critically throughout the festival, with the acceptance of the Godard film particularly exciting. Here’s the (beautiful) first clip from Mommy, while this recent interview with Godard is note-perfect (and only in French). Incredibly, the Godard win marks his first award at the festival, and the first time a 3D movie has taken one of the top three prizes. Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders was the winner of this years Grand Prize.
The festival’s acting prizes were won by Timothy Spall for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner and Julianne Moore for David Cronenberg’s Map To The Stars, his Cosmopolis follow-up which again sees the Canadian filmmaker in cahoots with Robert Pattinson. French feature Party Girl won the Camera d’Or, and Bennett Miller was awarded the prize for Best Director. The Palme d’Og went to White God, which also won the arguably more important Un Certain Regard.