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May 28, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Michael Haneke’s Amour has won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival. The movie, about an elderly woman, played by Emmanuelle Riva, who suffers a series of strokes, and the husband, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant, who lovingly cares for her, was a favorite of critics from the moment it was shown. Since festival rules do not permit any film that wins one of the top three honors, Palme d’Or, Grand Prix or the Jury Prize to receive any additional honors, Haneke was ineligible to receive the award for best director. That went to Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas for the controversial Post Tenebras Lux. Nor could Riva or Trintignant take the acting awards, even though many critics enthusiastically praised their performances. Those went to Denmark’s Mads Mikkelson for The Hunt and Romania’s Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan who co-starred in Beyond the Hills.

The top prizes:

Palme d’Or: Amour (Austria) by Michael Haneke; Grand Prix (Second Place): Reality (Italy) by Matteo Garrone; Jury Prize (Third Place): The Angels’ Share (Britain) by Ken Loach; Best Director: Carlos Reygadas, Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico); Best Screenplay: Beyond the Hills (Rumania), Cristian Mungiu; Best Actress: Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills; Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt.

  • Reassurance

    I’m pretty sure that you are wrong in stating that films which have won the Palme d’Or cannot win other prizes.

  • Lew Irwin

    The following is the applicable rule:

    *Article 8*

    The Jury for the feature films in competition is obliged to award:

    – *The Palme d’Or;*
    – *The Grand Prix;*
    – *The award for the Best Director;*
    – *The Jury Prize;*
    – *The award for the Best Screenplay;*
    – *The award for the Best Actress;*
    – *The award for the Best Actor.*

    The prize list must not contain more than one joint award. The Palme d’Or can never be awarded jointly. No film can receive more than one award. However, the award for the Best Screenplay and the Jury Prize can be combined with a Best Performance award, on special dispensation of the Festival’s President.