The Cannes Film Festival is over for another year with the announcement of Michael Haneke’s well-received “Amour” taking home the fest’s top honor – the Palme d’Or.
More controversial were some of the other supporting choices such as Matteo Garrone’s “Reality” winning the Grand Prix (essentially the runner-up) while Carlos Reygadas scoring Best Director for “Post Tenebras Lux”. Both films were not well received by critics at the fest, ‘Reality’ in particular drawing some outright jeers.
Also winning were Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan who shared the Best Actress for their work in “Beyond The Hills” which also took Best Screenplay for Cristian Mungiu. Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor for “The Hunt”, Sundance winner “Beasts of the Southern Wild” won Camera d’Or (Best First Film), while Ken Loach’s “The Angels Share” took a Jury Prize.
The biggest surprise was the lack of recognition for some of the other much talked about entries – Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” scored some serious love and buzz from part of the critical contingent but turned off some others.
Amongst other reactions garnered during the week – Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” had a lot of fans but isn’t really seen as awards fare. Both Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” and Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” have their strong supporters, while Walter Salles’ “On the Road” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” seemed to both be liked but neither are particularly loved.
On the flip side Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” is already something of a punchline, John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” sadly fizzled, and David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” got only an average response.