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Haneke's "White Ribbon" Wins Cannes

By Garth Franklin Sunday May 24th 2009 01:50PM

"Funny Games" and "Cache" helmer Michael Haneke's new feature "White Ribbon" (Das Weisse Band) took the top prize - the Palme d’Or - at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend. Jacques Audiard’s very well-received "A Prophet" won the Grand Prix runner-up prize according to wire services.

Set entirely in a north German village in 1913 and 1914, 'Ribbon' focuses on a rural school where strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Does the ritual punishment have an affect on the school system and is this a precursor to the rise of fascism?.

Christoph Waltz's performance in "Inglourious Basterds" took best actor, Charlotte Gainsbourg's role in "Antichrist" scored best actress, Brillante Mendoza scored Best Director for "Kinatay" and Feng Mei's script for "Spring Fever" won best screenplay.

A Special Jury Prize went to "Wild Grass" director Alain Resnais, the Prix du Jury was a tie between "Fish Tank" and "Thirst", and "Samson and Delilah" scored the Camera d'Or (best first film). The short film Palme d'Or went to Joao Salaviza's "Arena".

In the 'Un Certain Regard' category, Yorgos Lanthimos's "Dogtooth" (Kynodntas) won top prize. Others films that did well in other smaller categories include Corneliu Porumboiu's "Police, Adjective", Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother", Sharam Alidi's "Whisper With The Wind", and Nassim Amaouche's "Adieu Gary".

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