Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color has won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. What’s more, the jury, presided over by Steven Spielberg (the other members: Daniel Auteuil, Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Cristian Mungiu, Lynne Ramsay, and Christoph Waltz), has taken the unprecedented step of presenting the Palme not only to Kechiche but also to this two leading actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
The jury’s also presented the following awards:
The Grand Prix goes to Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis.
Best Director: Amat Escalante for Heli.
The Jury Prize goes to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son.
Best Screenplay goes to Jia Zhangke for A Touch of Sin.
Best Actress: Bérénice Bejo for her performance in Asghar Farhadi’s The Past.
Best Actor: Bruce Dern for his performance in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
Agnès Varda and her jury have presented the Camera d’Or, presented to a first feature, to Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo.
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Jane Campion has awarded its first prize to Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s Needle, which the Chicago Tribune‘s Michael Phillips calls a “sharp, nearly perfect 21-minute movie about a 6th-grade girl caught in a tug of war between divorced parents.” Second prize goes to Sarah Hirtt’s Waiting for the Thaw, and the third prize is a tie: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s In the Fishbowl and Matúš Vizár’s Pandas.
The Short Film prizes. The Palme d’Or goes to Byoung-gon’s Moon’s Safe. Special Mentions: Gudmundar Arnar Gudmundsson’s Whale Valley and Adriano Valerio’s 37°4 S.
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), presenting an award each year to one film in Competition, one film in Un Certain Regard, and one in the Directors’ Fortnight, has singled out Blue Is the Warmest Color, Manuscripts Don’t Burn, and Blue Ruin. And, as John Hopewell reports in Variety, the Ecumenical Jury awarded its main Prix to The Past, while Valeria Golino’s Miele and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son received commendations from the Ecumenical jury.
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