Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Austrian director Michael Haneke won the Cannes film festival’s Palme d’Or for “Amour” (“Love”), a critically hailed drama about an old couple confronting the approach of death.

Having previously claiming the golden palm in 2009 for “The White Ribbon,” Haneke became the seventh champ to claim the golden palm twice – after Alf Sjöberg (Sweden, 1946, 1951), Francis Ford Coppola (U.S., 1974, 1979), Bille August (Denmark, 1988, 1992), Emir Kusturica (Serbia, 1985, 1995), Shohei Imamura (Japan, 1983, 1997) and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Belgium, 1999, 2005).

Other awardees:

GRAND PRIZE (second place): Matteo Garrone’s “Reality”
JURY PRIZE (third place): Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share”
BEST DIRECTOR: Carlos Reygadas, “Post Tenebras Lux”
BEST ACTOR: Mads Mikkelsen, “The Hunt”
BEST ACTRESS: Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, “Beyond the Hills”
BEST SCREENPLAY, Cristian Mungiu, “The Hunt”
CAMERA D’DOR FOR BEST FIRST FILM: Benh Zeitli’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

The prize-winners were chosen by a jury, led by Italian director Nanni Moretti, actors Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger, director Alexander Payne and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.

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