Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ wins 2012 Palme D’Or

By Daniel S Levine,

The winners of the prizes at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival were announced Sunday night. Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Amour won the festival’s top prize, the Palme D’Or. While countless Hollywood celebrities attended the festival, none won any of the major awards.

Haneke’s Amour features legendary French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva and earned rave reviews and standing ovations. Both stars accompanied their director as he was honored with the Palme D’Or for the second time in his career. Haneke’s last film, 2009’s The White Ribbon, also won the award. According to The Wrap, this makes Haneke just the second director to receive the honor for two straight films. Bille August was the first, with his Pelle the Conqueror (1988) and The Best Intentions (1992).

The Los Angeles Times notes that Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Amour in the U.S.

Best director went to Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Mads Mikkelsen won best actor for The Hunt, while Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur shared best actress for Beyond the Hills.

Matteo Garrone’s Reality won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second-place prize. Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share picked up the third-place prize, the Prix du Jury. Loach’s film was the only English-language production to win an award. Although there was an abundance of films from major English-language directors like David Cronenberg and Wes Anderson, none won any prizes.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, which impressed audiences at Sundance, won the Camera d’Or for best first film.

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