Cannes Film Festival: the winners

The 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (15-26 May) has come to an end last Sunday. During the closing ceremony the jury, presided over by Steven Spielberg, revealed the award winners.

Audrey Tautou hosted Uma Thurman on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’Or for best film to La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2 (Blue is the warmes colour) by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, with Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos in our feature picture.

Audrey Tautou at the Closing Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Audrey Tautou at the Closing Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The Grand Prix was given to Inside Llewyn Davis directed by the Coen brothers.

The Jury Prize went to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda for Like Father, Like Son.

Best Director Award: Amat Escalante for his film Heli.

Best Actor: Hollywood veteran The Jury Prize went to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda for Like Father, Like Son. for his performance in Nebraska.

Best Actress: Argentine-born Frenchwoman Berenice Bejo for her role in The Past.

Bérénice Bejo - Photocall - Best Actress Award © AFP
Bérénice Bejo – Best Actress Award © AFP

Best Screenplay: Jia Zhangke, Chinese director for “Tian Zhu Ding” (“A Touch of Sin”), a snapshot of contemporary Chinese society.

The awards were decided by a nine-member jury led by US film-maker Steven Spielberg, joined among others by actress Nicole Kidman and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. In 12 days, nearly 80 movies were showed at the festival.

Prizes have been handed out, the red carpet is rolled up and the yachts have sailed away. But don’t despair: today is the opening of Venice Film Festival, ending on the 7th of September!

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