Michael Haneke won the Palme d'or at Cannes
The 62nd Cannes Film Festival awarded its Palme d'Or Sunday night at Michael Haneke film "The white ribbon. The Austrian director sign a film in black and white, which dissects the evils of the ultra-repressive education in vogue in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Haneke has already been honored twice at Cannes. In 2005 he received the Award for Best Director for "Hidden" - also Cesar for best director in 2006 and winner of many international awards.
This feature, which takes place in a village in northern Germany, on the eve of the First World War, has been staging a choir of children and their families who are confronted with strange accidents. The incidents take on a similar gradually punitive ritual in the film referring to the rise of Nazism.
"Happiness is very rare," it is a moment in my life where I'm really happy, "said the filmmaker, who addressed to his wife receiving her award. He shook in his arms Isabelle Huppert, president of the jury and winner of interpretation in 2001 for her role in "The Pianist" at the end of the ceremony presented with humor by the french actor Edouard Baer.
Another success for Austria: the jury of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival awarded its best actor award to a compatriot Michael Haneke, Christoph Waltz, for her role in "Inglourious basterd", a film by the American War of Quentin Tarantino, whose action takes place during the Second World War. Best Actress was awarded to French Charlotte Gainsbourg for his role in "Antichrist" of the Danish Lars Von Trier, a film that has divided the festival because of its extreme violence and a flood stage of genital mutilation difficult sustainable. In this dark tale, a couple retired to a cottage to mourn her child.
Charlotte Gainsbourg thanked his partner in the film, Willem Dafoe, director Lars Von Trier, who, she said, "allowed me to live I think the experience the most intense, the most painful and most exciting so far "of his life, and the selection committee of the festival for" the audacity to select films like Antichrist. " She also had a thought for his father, the late singer and actor Serge Gainsbourg, which she hoped would have been "proud" of her.
The second important awards, the Grand Prix went to "A Prophet" french director Jacques Audiard, suggesting the prison, following the route of a young man, Tahar Rahim, who became a real gangster in contact Corsican environment in prison.
"I am seized by a syndrome of sham" said the son of the most famous french dialogue writer Michel Audiard, receiving the prize.
"Fish Tank" of the British Andrea Arnold and "Thirst, this is my blood" South Korean Park Chan-wook won tied the third prize of the festival, the Prix du Jury. Andrea Arnold won the same prize with his first film, "Red Road" in 2006, when Park Chan-wook won the Grand Prix with "Old Boy" in 2004.
The prize for Best Director was awarded to Filipino Brillante Mendoza (already in competition last year with "Serbia") for "Kinatay" a descent to the underworld gangs in Manila.
The Chinese director Lou Ye, for "Night of drunkenness Spring" won the screenplay, while "price of the Jury" (which included the Italian actress Asia Argento, the American director James Gray and U.S. actress Robin Wright Penn) has been attributed to the french director Alain Resnais, 86, who was in official competition this year with "The weeds", almost 30 years after "My uncle from America."
The Golden Camera Award, Best First Film was awarded to Australian Warwick Thornton, to "Samson and Delilah", a love story between two teenagers living in an isolated Aboriginal community.
The movie "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky", directed by Jan Kounen French, with Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen, was shown to guests at the closing of the festival.
In a statement, Nicolas Sarkozy has sent his congratulations to french artists rewarded by the jury, particularly Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Resnais and Jacques Audiard, noting that the festival recognized "once again the strength and vitality of french cinema."