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Michael Haneke’s 'Amour' wins Palme d'Or top prize at Cannes 2012

French, Italian and British films win top honours at Cannes 2012
By Indo-Asian News Service
Mon, May 28, 2012 07:53:46 GMT
 

Michael Haneke’s 'Amour' wins Palme d'Or top prize at Cannes 2012
"Amour" (Love) by Michael Haneke was awarded the 2012 Palme d'Or top prize at the closing ceremony of the 65th Cannes film festival here Sunday night, Xinhua reported.

Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuel Riva, two French legendary stars both in their 80s, the two-hour film tells a story of an old man looking after his frail wife hit by a stroke.

"Thanks to my wonderful actors. They are the essence of it," said Haneke in his short acceptance speech.

He thanked the jury for giving him the opportunity to "be part of the prestigious competition" and his wife for supporting him for 30 years.


'Reality' wins grand prize at Cannes

Italian satire "Reality" directed by Matteo Garrone was awarded the second-place grand prize at the closing ceremony of the 65th Cannes film festival, Xinhua reported.

Starring Aniello Arena, the film tells the story of a Naples fishmonger obsessed with reality TV.

The top prize Palme d'Or went to Michael Haneke's "Amour" (Love) while the third-place jury prize was given to Ken Loach's "The Angels' Share" as the 12-day movie showcase ended here Sunday night.


'The Angels' Share' wins jury prize at Cannes

"The Angels' Share" directed by Britain's Ken Loach was awarded the jury prize at the closing ceremony of the 65th Cannes film festival, Xinhua reported.

It is a comedy about teenage ex-offenders turning to whisky-tasting. The director is a previous Palme d'Or winner in 2006 with Irish war drama "The Wind That Shakes the Barley".

The top prize Palme d'Or went to Michael Haneke's "Amour" (Love) while the second place Grand prize was given to Matteo Garrone's "Reality" as the 12-day movie showcase ended Sunday night.
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