The White Ribbon Flies Away with the Palme d’Or at Cannes
by Kyle Rupprecht
World War I epic The White Ribbon was the big winner at this year’s 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival, which ran from May 13th to the 24th. Directed by controversial Austrian moviemaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Cache), The White Ribbon nabbed the fest’s top prize–the coveted Palme d’Or. Grand Prix, the second-place award for best film, went to Jacques Audiard’s (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) French prison tale, A Prophet. Brillante Mendoza was named best director for Kinatay and Feng Mei nabbed best screenplay for Spring Fever.
In the acting categories, Christoph Waltz won best actor for playing a vicious Jew-hunting Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Inglourious Basterds, and Charlotte Gainsbourg received best actress for Lars Von Trier’s disturbing horror film Antichrist, which the London Telegraph described as “the most shocking film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.”
For a complete list of winners, visit http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/2009/awardCompetition.html.