Cannes Palme d’Or awarded to Uncle Boonmee

The Cannes Film Festival is over for another year, with the top prize going to the dreamlike Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Jury president Tim Burton awarded Uncle Boonmee the Palme d’Or, describing it as a “dream” of a film. The picture follows a dying man’s last days in Thailand, during which time he is visited by the ghost of his late wife. Weerasethakul can now look forward to his film losing the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar to a much more conventional movie.

The Grand Prix (runner up) went to Xavier Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men. Best Director went to French actor Mathieu Amalric for Tournee.

Javier Bardem‘s performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful was named best by an actor. He shared the prize with Elio Germano in La Nostra Vita. Juliette Binoche was awarded Best Performance by an Actress for Certified Copy. Coincidentally (or perhaps not so coincidentally), Binoche was Mistress of Ceremonies at this year’s festival.

You can check out the full list of winners here.

Michael Haneke
‘s The White Ribbon won the Palme d’Or at last year’s ceremony.

Discuss: Which of these films are you most looking forward to hitting Australian shores?

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