The official Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Nanni Moretti, revealed this evening the prizes winners during the Closing Ceremony.
Bérénice Bejo hosted Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 22 in Competition.
Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier, was screened at the end of the ceremony.
The official Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Nanni Moretti, revealed this evening the prizes winners during the Closing Ceremony
AMOUR (Love) by Michael HANEKE
REALITY by Matteo GARRONE
Award for Best Director
Carlos REYGADAS for POST TENEBRAS LUX
THE ANGELS’ SHARE by Ken LOACH
Award for Best Actor
Mads MIKKELSEN in JAGTEN by Thomas VINTERBERG
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)
SESSIZ-BE DENG (Silent) by L. Rezan YESILBAS
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD by Benh ZEITLIN presented in Un Certain Regard Selection
The 65th Festival de Cannes opens today on the French Riviera with 8 films generating big buzz.
Out of 1,779 films submitted this year, only 54 features made the cut.
From Moonrise Kingdom to Cosmopolis, you’ll find many mysterious twists in this year’s top line-up. And watch for red carpet photos with familiar faces including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Robin Pattinson, Kristin Stewart and Director Philip Kaufman.
1. Moonrise Kingdom – Bruce Willis and Bill Murray – Wes Anderson’s film will open the festival on May 16th and play in competition. In this film, a couple of young lovers escape their New England town, which results in a local search party for them.
2. Killing Them Softly – Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta – Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is a professional enforcer who investigates a crime that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
3. Mud – Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon – When encountering a fugitive, two teenage boys agree to help him run from the bounty hunters and reunite with his true love.
The 65th Festival de Cannes opens today on the French Riviera with 8 films generating big buzz
4. The Paperboy – Zac Efron (The Lucky One), John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, and Nicole Kidman – This film was directed by Lee Williams, who directed Best Picture Academy Award Nominee Precious. In this film, a reporter goes back to his hometown in Florida to investigate a case and find out more about a death-row inmate.
5. Lawless – Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf – This film is a prohibition-era American saga directed by Australian John Hillcoat. Set during the Depression-era in Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities that demand part of their profits.
6. Cosmopolis – Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand – Traveling across New York City in a stretch limo for a haircut, this film follows a 28-year-old billionaire Asset Manager’s day that evolves into a journey with a cast of characters that break apart his world.
7. Rust and Bone – Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard – Ali leaves the north of France for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. His bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie has a terrible accident.
8. Hemingway & Gellhorn – Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen – Produced by HBO Films, this historic piece is the story of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife. Nicole Kidman plays Hemingway’s war-reporter wife Martha Gellhorn in a production screening out of the Cannes competition.
This year Festival de Cannes will pay tribute to Hemingway & Gellhorn director Philip Kaufman, who will be leading the Master Class. Following Martin Scorsese, Stephen Frears, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar Wai and Sydney Pollack, Philip Kaufman will talk to Michel Ciment about filmmaking and his passion for cinema.
There are four juries who will be judging the 2012 films, including 1. Feature Film (President Nanni Moretti), 2. Cinefoundation and Short Films (President Jean-Pierre Dardenne), 3. Un Certain Regard (President Tim Roth), and 4. Golden Camera (Carlos Diegues).
The 65th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) opens today on the French Riviera with US director Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom.
Wes Anderson’s movie, which stars Bill Murray, is one of the 22 movies selected to compete for the festival’s biggest prize, the Palme d’Or.
However, the celebrations have been marred by criticism that no female directors will be in competition.
The only woman to have won the prestigious award was Jane Campion in 1993, with The Piano.
A group of prominent female filmmakers have written an open letter to the French newspaper Le Monde criticizing the lack of women being showcased.
Ripe with sarcasm, the letter was signed by directors Fanny Cottencon and Virginie Despentes – who made the sexually explicit Baise Moi in 2000 – among others.
It said: “Men love their women to have depth, but only when it comes to their cleavages.
“All 22 films in the official selection were written, happy coincidence, by 22 men.”
However, festival director Thierry Fremaux has supported the longlist of nominees, insisting the judges “would never select a film that doesn’t deserve it just because it is directed by a woman”.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival opens today on the French Riviera with US director Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom
This year’s Palme d’Or judges are led by Italian Nanni Moretti and include Britain’s Ewan McGregor and Andrea Arnold, acclaimed for directing the 2009 film Fish Tank.
Last year saw the British filmmaker Lynne Ramsey nominated for her film We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Her star in that film, British actress Tilda Swinton, is due on the red carpet as a cast member of Anderson’s opening night film – which also stars Bruce Willis.
Also in competition this year is Ken Loach with his Glasgow-set comedy-drama The Angel’s Share.
He has been nominated 11 times, last winning the Palme d’Or in 2006 for the IRA drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
Past winners Michael Haneke and Jacque Audiard – who won the jury’s Grand Prize for his film A Prophet in 2009 – are also in the running.
Australian John Hillcoat and New Zealand’s Andrew Dominik are both nominated respectively for the prohibition era film Lawless and Killing Me Softly, which stars Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt and his fiancée Angelina Jolie are both expected on the red carpet this year.
American David Cronenberg is in competition with his film Cosmopolis, starring an against-type Robert Pattinson, while Cronenberg’s son Brendan is competing in the Un Certain Regard category – which awards new talent – with his film Antiviral.
Two female film-makers join him in that category: France’s Catherine Corsini and Sylvie Verheyde.
The 2012 Cannes Film festival will take place from May 16 to May 27. Out of 1,779 films submitted this year, only 54 features made the cut.
Film festival held annually in Cannes, France. First held in 1946 for the recognition of artistic achievement, the festival came to provide a rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. Like other film festivals, it became an international marketplace where producers and distributors could exchange ideas, view films, and sign contracts. The phenomenon of international coproduction arose at Cannes in the late 1940s.