The Cannes Film Festival rewarded two of its favourite directors with its prize-giving yesterday, as Michael Haneke won the top prize for a second time – and Ken Loach took home the Jury Prize for his Glasgow-set comedy-drama film concerning the joys of whisky.
Well received by critics at the French film festival, The Angels’ Share won the third-place Jury Prize. Its main star Paul Brannigan – picked for the role though he had no professional acting experience – was also praised for his performance in the film.
Loach said of hearing his name called: "It was very nerve-racking because you have to say a few words in French and my French is pas bon, ne pas bon.
“So that is always very nerve-racking, if your name is called. They can always change their mind.”
Loach had previously won top prize the Palme d'Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
This Austrian director Michael Haneke took that award this time for his stark film about love and death Amour.
It stars two French acting icons – 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva and 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant – as an elderly couple coping with the wife's worsening health.
Haneke said he made the film because "I experienced something in my family that touched me."
The prize winners were chosen from among 22 contenders by a jury, led by Italian director Nanni Moretti that included Scottish Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger, director Alexander Payne and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The festival jury awarded the second-place Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone's Italian satire Reality.
Mexico's Carlos Reygadas was named best director for his surrealism-tinged family story Post Tenebras Lux.
The best actor prize went to Mads Mikkelsen as a man ostracized by his small-town community when he is accused of child abuse inThe Hunt.
Jury member Ewan McGregor said Mikkelsen had given a beautiful performance whose "wonder is in the subtlety ... but with complete conviction with his character."
Best actress was won jointly by Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, as friends separated by faith in Romanian movie Beyond the Hills. The actresses were overwhelmed by the legends in competition.
Cristian Mungiu's drama of love and faith in a remote Romanian monastery also won the award for best screenplay. Meanwhile Benh Zeitli's Beasts of the Southern Wild won the Camera d'Or for best first film.
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