29 May 2012
Although there was no mistaking the American influence, this year’s top prizes went to foreign directors that are nothing but deserving according to the twenty-two person panel of this year’s Cannes film festival. The top prize won by Austrian director Michael Haneke was for his film “Amour.” Although known for his films with a strong use of violence, Haneke created a movie that this time was inspired by his life and the strong bond of love between him and his wife.
Haneke is one of seven directors to win the top prize twice having brought ten films in total to the Cannes film festival. Italian director Matteo Garrone took home the second-place prize with his film “Reality” and England’s Ken Loach won third-place for “The Angels’ Share.” Both directors, alike Haneke, are far too familiar to the Cannes’ prize-winning circuit. Other award winners included best director won by Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas for “Post Tenebras Lux,” best actor won by Mads Mikkelsen for his part as an alleged child abuser in “The Hunt,” and best actress won by both Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for their work as friends distanced by faith in “Beyond the Hills.” Congratulations to all of you, we can’t wait to see your work.
Whose work can you not wait to see?
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