Austrian director Michael Haneke’s new film The White Ribbon won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. Jacque Audiard’s A Prophet won the Grand Prix (2nd Prize).
Haneke, whose other film credits include The Piano Teacher and both incarnations of Funny Games, took home the coveted top prize with his two-and-a-half-hour-long black-and-white film set in a north German village just before the rise of fascism. The story is about a rural school where ritual punishment begins to dominate the schedule.
The Best Actress award went to Charlotte Gainsbourg for Lars von Trier’s controversial Antichrist, while the Best Actor award went to Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s highly-discussed Inglourious Basterds.
Best Director was won by Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, for the kidnap film Kinatay, a surprise to most, as the film was not very well recieved.
The Jury Prize (3rd Prize) went to two films – Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s vampire film Thirst, which I’m now even more excited to see!