Cannes 2012 Winners: Michael Haneke Wins His Second Palme d’Or for AMOUR

     May 27, 2012

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Another Cannes, another win for Michael Haneke.  Haneke won the Grand Jury Prize in for The Piano Teacher in 2001, Best Director for Caché in 2005, and the festival’s top honor, the Palme d’Or, for The White Ribbon in 2009.  With no brass ring left, Haneke settled for another Palme D’Or at this year’s fest for his typically harrowing tale of elderly marriage, Amour (aka Love).  Haneke is now the eighth director to win Best Film twice*, joining the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and the Daredenne brothers.

Beyond the Hills was the only film to win multiple awards, earning both Best Screenplay (by writer/director Cristian Mungiu) and a tie for Best Actress between co-stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.  The only winner I can guarantee we Americans will be able to see anytime soon is Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is set for release on June 27 after writer/director Benh Zeitlin won the Caméra d’or (Best First Feature).  The jury also awarded Reality, The Angels’ Share, Post Tenebras Lux, and The Hunt.  Hit the jump for the full list of award winners.

beyond the hills posterPalme d’Or
AMOUR (LOVE)
Directed by Michael Haneke

Grand Prix
REALITY
Directed by Matteo Garrone

Award for Best Director
Carlos Reygadas
POST TENEBRAS LUX

Award for Best Screenplay
Cristian Mungiu
DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS)

Award for Best Actress
Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan
DUPÃ DEALURI (BEYOND THE HILLS)

Award for Best Actor
Mads Mikkelsen
JAGTEN (THE HUNT)

Jury Prize
THE ANGELS’ SHARE
Directed by Ken Loach

Caméra d’Or
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Directed by Benh ZEITLIN

beasts-of-the-southern-wild-image

*The highest prize awarded has alternated between the Grand Prix (1939-1954, 1964-1974) and the Palme d’Or (1955-1963, 1975-Present).  Also, the list has 8 members if you count the Dardennes brothers as two directors.  The Wikipedia entry is worth a look if you’re interested.

 

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