(Re-posted from AceShowbiz.com)
May 28, 2012
Former Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen was named the Best Actor thanks to his role as a man who is wrongfully accused of sexually abusing a child in The Hunt (2012). In his speech, the Danish actor gushed, “I’m really touched, and it’s a big surprise.”
Sharing the Best Actress title are Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. They were honored for their roles as a nun and her jealous former lesbian partner in Beyond the Hill. The screenwriter of the movie, Cristian Mungiu, additionally took home the award for Best Screenplay.
On the other hand, Sundance sensation Beasts of the Southern Wild grabbed the Camera d’Or kudo. The critics darling movie also took home the Fipresci Awards for Un Certain Regard.
Beasts director Benh Zeitlin said in his speech, “For everyone making their first film, it’s an award for courage and faith as much as skill.” He added, “Cannes is the temple. You never know if you’re allowed to dance in the temple, and I’ve found out that you can.”
The main Jury Prize went to Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share. Upon accepting the kudo, Loach said in fluent French, “Thanks to the jury; you’re very nice. Cannes shows us that cinema is not just a diversion, it shows us who we are and how we live together.”
The 2012 Cannes Film Festival wrapped on Sunday at the French Riviera resort. The winners were selected by a team of jury, led by Italian director Nanni Moretti. Also included in the team were actors Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger, director Alexander Payne, as well as fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The closing ceremonies were followed by a screening of Claude Miller’s Therese Desqueyroux and an official dinner and cocktail for VIP guests.
Main Jury Prizes:
- Palme d’Or: Amour, directed by Michael Haneke
- Grand Prix: Reality, directed by Matteo Garrone
- Director: Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux
- Jury prize: The Angels’ Share, directed by Ken Loach
- Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt (2012)
- Actress (tie): Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, Beyond the Hills
- Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Hills
Un Certain Regard Jury Prizes:
- Main prize: After Lucia, directed by Michel Franco
- Jury prize: Le grand soir, directed by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern
- Actress (tie): Emilie Dequenne, Our Children; Suzanne Clement, Laurence Anyways
- Special distinction of the jury: Children of Sarajevo, directed by Aida Begic
Other Jury Prizes:
- Camera d’Or: Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin
- Critics’ Week Grand Prix: Here and There, directed by Antonio Mendez Esparza
Short Films Jury Prizes:
- Palme d’Or: “Silence“, directed by Rezan Yesilbas