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.
The Jury Prize goes to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son.
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.
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 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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