Austrian director and frequent Palme D’or bridesmaid Michael Haneke claimed the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his black-and-white World War One film The White Ribbon.
The Camera D’or celebrates the best first feature of the festival, and caps off a stellar festival run for the harrowing outback love story.
Charlotte Gainsbourg was named Best Actress for her contribution to Lars Von Trier‘s reviled Antichrist. Although Gainsbourg and co-star Willem Dafoe were lauded for their brave performances in the dark, supernatural drama, the director was criticised for the film’s misogynist undercurrent and scenes of graphic sexual mutilation.
A retelling of the Adam and Eve story, Antichrist received a special “anti-award” by the Cannes ecumenical jury. The jury normally awards prizes to film’s that promote spiritual, humanist and universal values. Von Trier’s picture, coupled with his post-screening statement (“I am the best director in the world“) inspired the jury to invent the anti-award.
There were more controversies during the awards ceremony. The Best Director prize went to the incredibly named Brillante Mendoza for his film Kinatay, which was named by Roger Ebert as possibly “the worst film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.” And he should know.
Discuss: What Cannes films are you looking forward to seeing when they finally hit Australia? Personally, I’m counting down the days for Thirst.