Cannes: Awards

Zhang Ziyi - Image courtesy of Cannes Film FestivalThe 58th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival drew to a close with the presentation of their awards Saturday night.

The show was broadcast live in the US on the Independent Film Channel, hosted by film critic Roger Ebert and Columbia University Professor Annette Insdorf (who translated the ceremony from French into English).

Palme d’Or:
JEAN-PIERRE and LUC DARDENNE (L’ENFANT, aka THE CHILD)

Presented awkwardly by Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank. This drama from Belgian filmmaking brothers (ROSETTA, previous winner of the Palme d’Or) was very well reviewed.

Grand Prize:
JIM JARMUSCH (BROKEN FLOWERS)

Also one of the best reviewed movies in the Competition. Jarmusch gave special thanks to Bill Murray, and spoke warmly of all the directors at the festival who are expressing a personal vision: “We are one tribe.”

Best Actress:
HANNA LASLO (FREE ZONE)

A comedienne who won for her performance in this Israeli film that received mixed-to-positive reviews. Nathalie Portman also stars.

Best Actor:
TOMMY LEE JONES (THREE BURIALS)

Roger Ebert called it “a surprise.”

Best Director:
MICHAEL HANEKE (CACHE, aka HIDDEN)

A very well-reviewed film that has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for US distribution.

Best Screenplay:
GUILLERMO ARRIAGA (THREE BURIALS)

Zhang Ziyi presented this award, looking gorgeous, and speaking in English from notes on a card, for a screenplay directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

Jury Prize:
WANG XIAOSHUAI (SHANGHAI DREAMS)

The Chinese director (BEIJING BICYCLE, DREAMERS) said now he knew why his parents gave birth to him 39 years ago — on a day which also happened to be his birthday. The film drew mixed reviews.

Camera d’Or:
FORSAKEN LAND (Sri Lanka)
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (United States)

The latter film was a success at Sundance and will open in the US this summer.

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