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With ‘Love,’ Michael Haneke Becomes 7th Director to Win Palme d’Or Twice

Michael Haneke on set of Amour (Love)

As we all know, “Palme d’Or” is French for Feather Button Hand of Gold Achievement. Or something. Google Translate wasn’t loading this morning.

Regardless, it’s as prestigious as awards get, although it hilariously almost never lines up with the Oscars (for good reason). Past winners include Barton Fink, Taxi Driver, MASH, The Third Man, Black Orpheus, La Dolce Vita, The Wind That Shakes the Barley and nearly one hundred other films that should be on a rental queue somewhere.

That list also includes Michael Haneke‘s The White Ribbon which took the price in 2009 and, as of yesterday, his latest film Love (Amour).

That’s 2 wins for the director in 4 competition years. It ties him for Most Palmes d’Or Ever (no director has won more than two), where he joins Alf Sjoberg (Iris and the Lieutenant, Miss Julie); Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation, Apocalypse Now); Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The Best Intentions); Emir Kusturica (When Father Was Away on Business, Underground); Shohei Imamura (The Eel, The Ballad of Narayama); and The Dardenne Brothers (Rosetta, The Child). It’s a stellar achievement deserving of a long standing ovation than the one that The Paperboy got.

The full list of winners (from the festival website) is as follows:

FEATURE FILMS

Palme d’Or

AMOUR (Love) by Michael HANEKE

Grand Prix

REALITY by Matteo GARRONE

Review Here

Award for Best Director

Carlos REYGADAS for POST TENEBRAS LUX

Jury Prize

THE ANGELS’ SHARE  by Ken LOACH

Review Here

Award for Best Actor

Mads MIKKELSEN in JAGTEN (The Hunt) by Thomas VINTERBERG

Review Here

Award for Best Actress

Cristina FLUTUR & Cosmina STRATAN in DUPÃ DEALURI (Beyond The Hills) by Cristian MUNGIU

Award for Best Screenplay

Cristian MUNGIU for pour DUPÃ DEALURI (Beyond The Hills)

Palme d’Or (Short Film)

SESSIZ-BE DENG (Silent) by L. Rezan YESILBAS

CAMERA D’OR

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh ZEITLIN presented in Un Certain Regard Selection

Review Here

PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD

DESPUÉS DE LUCIA by Michel FRANCO

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

LE GRAND SOIR by Benoît DELÉPINE and Gustave KERVERN

UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS

Suzanne CLÉMENT for her performance in LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier DOLAN

Review Here

UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS

Emilie DEQUENNE for her performance in À PERDRE LA RAISON directed by Joachim LAFOSSE

SPECIAL DISTINCTION OF THE JURY

DJECA by Aida BEGIC (Children of Sarajevo)

We’re wrapping up our own Cannes work (where Simon has done a smashing job (because he’s British, and that’s what they do)). Hopefully our shipment of statues will come in on time so we can give out our own, highly prestigious awards. Stay tuned.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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