May 282012


Cannes has wrapped up for another year, and by the sounds of it there were many quality films on display. I for one, am very much looking forward to seeing the likes of Amour, Mud, Killing Them Softly, and Beasts of the Southern Wild. There are at least 10 new films on my radar that weren’t there before! After the jump check out the list of 2012 Festival De Cannes award winners.

Palme d’Or: Amour by Michael Haneke

Grand Prix: Reality by Matteo Garrone

Prix du Jury: The Angels’ Share by Ken Loach

Best Short Film: Sessiz / Be Deng (Silent) by  L.Rezan Yeşilbaş

Best Actress: Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for Beyond the Hills

Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen for The Hunt

Best Director: Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenebras Lux

Best Screenplay: Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu

Prize of Un Certain Regard: Después de Lucía by Michel Franco

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: Le grand soir by Benoît Delépine, and Gustave de Kervern

Un Certain Regard Special Distinction: Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begić

Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress: TIE: Émilie Dequenne in Loving Without Reason and Suzanne Clément in Laurence Anyways

1st Prize Cinéfondation: The Road to by Taisia Igumentseva

2nd Prize Cinéfondation: Abigail by Matthew James Reilly

3rd Prize Cinéfondation: The Hosts by Miguel Angel Moulet


What do you think of the list? Any there that surprise you?  I am surprised to see Post Tenebras Lux there for best director, as it was almost universally disliked by critics covering the festival. Which films are you hanging out to see? Beyond the Hills is now one I really want to see.


  2 Responses to “Festival de Cannes 2012 Awards”

  1. I was very surprised to see Reygadas win for Post Tenebrax Lux, which was not liked by critics at all. Reality received quite strong reviews, but also a surprise in picking up the runner-up. Christian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days which is a masterpiece. Sounds like his new film is strong too. Throw in all of the ones we want to see that didn’t pick up awards, and this has been an exciting festival.

  2. I’m very glad we’re catching Amour at SFF. Lots of films to look out for later in 2012.

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