European stars triumph at Cannes
The Cannes film festival has closed its doors for another year, but not before a galaxy of Hollywood stars including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron (alright, maybe he’s just a white dwarf) were welcomed, fêted, endlessly photographed… and turned away empty-handed.
The festival’s major prizes all went to European nominees, with Michael Haneke joining the select group of film-makers to have won Cannes’ top accolade twice. The Austrian director’s film Amour brought home the Palme d’Or, whilst Italian Matteo Garrone’s Reality won the Grand Prix and our very own Ken Loach received the Jury Prize for The Angels’ Share.
The incomparable Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor for his performance in The Hunt (quite right too), and Romanian costars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur shared the Best Actress award for Beyond the Hills, which also won its writer Cristian Mungiu the Best Screenplay prize.
The only American winners were emerging director Benh Zeitlin, who won the Camera d’Or for best debut film with Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Mexican Best Director winner Carlos Reygadas with Post Tenebras Lux. And he’s sort of not American at all.
But despite all that, the biggest news from the festival appears to be that Reese Witherspoon turned up with a foetus inside her. We despair a little bit, sometimes.