The 65th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival, no doubt brought moviedom to its feet, with stars, stakeholders, veterans, pundits, critics, the media from different parts of the world converging in one arena for the prestigious festival. Austrian director, Michael Haneke’s “Amour”(Love), starring revered French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, clinched the highest award “the Palme d’Or” . The movie revolves around the love of an octogenarian couple facing the end of life. It’s the second time Michael Haneke will win such at the festival following his earlier win in 2009 for “The White Ribbon”.
Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award for his role in The Hunt, a drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg, which was selected by the Ecumenical Jury for its top trophy. Best Actress went to Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur for Beyond the Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiu, who won best screenplay for the Romanian drama based on a true story.
Reality by Matteo Garrone won the second-place Grand Prix while Best Director went to Mexican Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux. The Camera d’Or prize for best first film was clinched by Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Cannes Jury Prize went to Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share.
Naija as usual, was missing in action…