The 63rd-annual Cannes Film Festival, headed by President of the Jury Tim Burton, wrapped up this weekend. Nineteen contenders vied for honors, presenting stories ranging from a housemaid’s affair with her master to ruminations on the afterlife in the Thai countryside.
The fanciful imagery of that afterlife, portrayed in Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul’s film Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives, received the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or, for being the “type of cinema you don’t usually see,” Tim Burton told the Associated Press.
Other big awards included Juliette Binoche as Best Actress for her role in Certified Copy, a “universal story that could happen to anyone, anywhere,” in which a man and a woman meet in Southern Tuscany; Javier Bardem as Best Actor for his role in Biutiful, the story of a man trying to reconcile his life when he senses the nearness of death; and another Best Actor for Elio Germano in Our Life, the story of a man desperately in love with his wife who faces a dramatic event in his life that he fights against with all his being.
Palme d’Or: Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Grand Prix: Des Hommes Et Des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) directed by Xavier Beauvois
Award for Best Director: Mathieu Amalric for Tournée (On Tour)
Award for Best Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong for Poetry
Award for Best Actress: Juliette Binoche in Copie Conforme (Certified Copy) directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Award for Best Actor Ex-aequo: Javier Bardem in Biutiful directed by Alejandro González Iñarritu
Elio Germano in La Nostra Vita (Our Life) directed by Daniele Luchetti
Jury Prize: Un Homme Qui Crie (A screaming man) directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Palme d’Or – Short Film: Chienne D’Histoire (Barking Island) directed by Serge Avedikian
Jury Prize – Short Film: Micky Bader (Bathing Micky) directed by Frida Kempff