Michael Haneke’s French drama Amour wins Palme d’Or

After an enthralling fortnight of glitz and glamour (plus Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron in their latest film), the Cannes Film Festival has finally come to a close, with the big award winners being announced last night.

Michael Haneke won his second Palme d’Or for his French drama Amour (Love) having first won the award back in 2009 for the black and white drama The White Ribbon.

The film tells the story of an elderly couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) whose relationship is complicated when the wife starts suffering from a series of strokes.

On winning the award, Haneke said:

“This film is an illustration of the promise we made to each other, if either one of us finds ourselves in the situation that is described in the film”

The film beat off competition from the likes of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and fellow French film Lust and Bone (starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard).

Mads Mikkelsen (known to many for his villainous turn in Casino Royale) won Best Actor for The Hunt, while Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan shared the ‘Best Actress’ prize for their roles in Romanian film Beyond the Hills.

There was some British success, with previous Cannes winner Ken Loach winning the Special Jury Prize for his new film The Angel’s Share.

It isn’t quite a precursor for the Oscars, but to most people, award season has officially begun!

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