Sunday, May 27, 2012

2012 Cannes Film Festival: Award Winners

It has been another fun twelve days, but the 65th Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today. All that's left is for the winners to be announced, and of course the dreadfully long wait for me to get a chance to see them.

More 2012 Cannes coverage:
Official Selection Preview
Un Certain Regard Preview
Report and Roundup: Days 1-6
Report and Roundup: Days 7-12

Read on for the full list of awards presented at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival:

Official Competition

  • This year's nine member competition jury was led by Italian director Nanni Moretti who judged the films alongside actress Hiam Abbass, director Andrea Arnold, actress Emmanuelle Devos, designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, actress Diane Kruger, actor Ewan McGregor, director Alexander Payne, and director Raoul Peck.

    Quotes from the post festival jury press conference:

    Jury president Nanni Moretti sharing his personal thoughts on the films: "The directors seemed to be more in love with their style than with their characters."

    Moretti on his fellow jurors: "I'd like to thank them all, Ewan McGregor for his sincerity and his patience, the passion of Hiam Abbass, the great humor of Jean-Paul Gaultier, he is the ideal spectator, the determination of Diane Kruger, the kindness of Emmannuelle Devos, the competence and culture of Raoul Peck, the tremendous energy of Andrea Arnold, and the enormous cinematic encyclopedia that is Alexander Payne."

    Ewan McGregor on the Best Actor award: "It's a very subtle and beautifully played performance by Mads Mikkelsen. The wonder is in the subtlety of it really."

    Raoul Peck on the decision process: "Each film has it own chance. Every member of the jury was able to add an additional viewpoint to the others, and together we were able to obtain a very comprehensive view of each film. Although none of the awards were given unanimously, we all stand behind these awards, we are very satisfied with the work we've done."

    Alexander Payne on no awards given to American films: "At a film festival, it's not about countries it's about the films. It's incorrect to draw any generalizations based on one tiny snapshot."

    Andrea Arnold on Post Tenebras Lux: "I personally love this film. It's one of the films that dared to fail and be brave about life. I think it's full of the fragility, vulnerability, and tenderness of life."

    Moretti on the absence of Holy Motors: "There were a large number of films that weren't awarded. Holy Motors, Paradise: Love, and Post Tenebras Lux were the three films that most divided the jury. One of these controversial films got an award and the other two did not."

  • Palme d'Or
    • Amour
      directed by Michael Haneke
      Austria Austria, Germany Germany, France France

    Grand Prix
    • Reality
      directed by Matteo Garrone
      Italy Italy, France France
    Prix du Jury (Jury Prize)
    • The Angels' Share
      directed by Ken Loach
      UK UK, France France
    Prix de la mise en scene (Best Director)
    • Carlos Reygadas
      for Post Tenebras Lux
      Mexico Mexico, France France, Netherlands Netherlands
    Prix d'interpretation masculine (Best Actor)
    • Mads Mikkelsen for his perfomance in Jagten (The Hunt)
      directed by Thomas Vinterberg
      Denmark Denmark
    Prix d'interpretation feminine (Best Actress)
    • Cristina Flutur & Cosmina Stratan ex aequo for their performances in Beyond the Hills
      directed by Cristian Mungiu
      Romania Romania
    Prix du scenario (Best Screenplay)
    • Beyond the Hills
      directed by Cristian Mungiu
      Romania Romania
    Palme d'Or du court metrage (Best Short Film)
    • Sessiz-Be Deng (Silent)
      directed by L. Rezan Yesilbas
      Turkey Turkey
    Caméra d'Or (Best First Feature Film)
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
      directed by Benh Zeitlin

      Caméra d'Or jury: Michel Andrieu, Remy Chevrin, Francis Gavelle, Hervé Icovic, Gloria Satta
    Un Certain Regard
    After Lucia • Después de Lucía

  • Strange but interesting to see the jury hand out two Best Actress awards and none for Best Actor. I'm very glad that Émilie Dequenne earned some recognition for the first time since Rosetta, and I very much look forward to watching all of the awarded films from this section.

    This year's five member jury was led by Tim Roth who was joined by actress Leïla Bekhti, director Tonie Marshall, critic Luciano Monteagudo, and artistic director Sylvie Pras.
  • Un Certain Regard Award (Best Film)
    • Después de Lucía (After Lucia)
      directed by Michel Franco
      Mexico, France
    Special Jury Prize
    • Le Grand Soir (The Big Night)
      directed by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
    Best Actress
    • Suzanne Clément for her performance in Laurence Anyways
      directed by Xavier Dolan
      Canada, France
    Best Actress
    • Émilie Dequenne for her performance in À perdre la raison (Loving Without Reason)
      directed by Joachim Lafosse
      France, Belgium Belgium, Luxembourg Luxembourg, Switzerland Switzerland
    Special Distinction of the Jury
    • Djeca (Children of Sarajevo)
      directed by Aida Begic
      Bosnia and Herzegovina
    44th Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)

  • Created by the French Directors Guild in 1969, the Directors' Fortnight is a parallel section distinguished by its focus on independent and eclectic filmmaking.
  • Arte Cinema Prize (Best Feature)
    • No
      directed by Pablo Larraín
      Chile, USA
    Label Europa Cinemas Prize (Best European Film)
    • El Taaib (The Repentant)
      directed by Merzak Allouache
      Algeria, France
    SACD Prize (Best French Language Film)
    • Camille redouble (Camille Rewinds)
      directed by Noémie Lvovsky
    Special Mention
    • Ernest et Celestine
      directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
      France, Belgium, Luxembourg
    Illy Prize (Best Short Film)
    • The Curse
      directed by Fyzal Boulifa
      UK, Morocco
    Special Mention (Short Film)
    • Os vivos tambem choram (The Living Also Cry)
      directed by Basil da Cunha
      Switzerland, Portugal
    51st International Critic's Week (Semaine de la Critique)
    Aquí y Allá

  • The International Critic's Week began in 1962 as a parallel competitive section to the Cannes Film Festival and serves as a showcase for discovering new talent by presenting first and second feature films from directors around the world.
  • Nespresso Grand Prize
    • Aquí y Allá
      directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza

      Jury: Bertrand Bonello, Francisco Ferreira, Akiko Kobari, Robert Koehler, Hanns-Georg Rodek
    France 4 Visionary Award
    • Sofia's Last Ambulance
      directed by Ilian Metev
      Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria

      Jury: Céline Sciamma, Victor-Emmanuel Boinem, Ryan Lattanzio, Bikas Mishra, Kim Sehee
    SACD Prize
    • Les Voisins de Dieu (God's Neighbors)
      directed by Meni Yaesh
      Israel, France

      Jury: Gérard Krawczyk, Bertrand Tavernier, Christine Laurent, Yves Nilly, Benjamin Legrand
    ACID/CCAS Distribution Support
    • Los Salvajes (The Wild Ones)
      directed by Alejandro Fadel

      Jury: Chiara Malta, Aurélia Georges, Stefano Savona, Kathy Sebbah, Anna Defendini
    Canal+ Award (Best Short Film)
    • Circle Line
      directed by Shin Suwon
      South Korea

      Jury: Pascale Faure, Brigitte Pardo
    Nikon Discovery Award (Short Film)
    • Un Dimanche Matin (A Sunday Morning)
      directed by Damien Manivel
      South Korea

      Jury: João Pedro Rodrigues, Danny Lennon, Marianne Coury, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Jakub Felcman
    Special Mention (Short Film)
    • O Duplo (Doppelgänger)
      directed by Juliana Rojas
    15th Cinéfondation
    The Road To

  • Created in 1998, the Cinéfondation is dedicated to provide inspiration and support to the next generation of filmmakers. Three prizes are awarded to the best short and medium length student films in the selection. This year's five member jury was led by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dardenne, accompanied by actress Arsinée Khanjian, director Karim Aïnouz, writer Emmanuel Carrère, and director Yu Lik-Wai.
  • First Prize €15,000
    • Doroga Na (The Road To)
      directed by Taisia Igumentseva, VGIK
    Second Prize €11,250
    • Abigail
      directed by Matthew James Reilly, NYU
    Third Prize €7,500
    • Los Anfitriones (The Hosts)
      directed by Miguel Angel Moulet, EICTV
    Independent Awards
    FIPRESCI In Competition
    • V Tumane (In the Fog)
      directed by Sergei Loznitsa
      Germany Germany, Netherlands Netherlands, Belarus Belarus, Russia Russia, Latvia Latvia
    FIPRESCI Un Certain Regard
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
      directed by Benh Zeitlin
    FIPRESCI Directors' Fortnight
    • Rengaine (Hold Back)
      directed by Rachid Djaidani
  • FIPRESCI is the International Federation of Film Critics, and their jury awards prizes to the best film in each of the two main sections as well as one film from the parallel sections.

  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
    • Jagten (The Hunt)
      directed by Thomas Vinterberg
    Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
      directed by Benh Zeitlin
  • The Ecumenical Jury are an independent jury of Christian film makers, critics, and professionals whose goal is to "honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes."

  • François Chalais Prize
    • Les Chevaux de Dieu (God's Horses)
      directed by Nabil Ayouch, screened in Un Certain Regard
  • The François Chalais Prize is presented to the film most dedicated to the values of life affirmation and of journalism.

  • Prix de la Jeunesse (Award of the Youth)
    • Holy Motors
      directed by Leos Carax
    Prix Regard Jeune (Youth Un Certain Regard Award)
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
      directed by Benh Zeitlin
  • The Prix de la Jeunesse or Youth Award, is selected by a jury of five youths aged 18-25, and presented to one film from each of the two official selections of the festival.

  • Prix Vulcain de l'Artiste-Technicien
    • Charlotte Bruss Christensen for the outstanding cinematography in the film Jagten
      directed by Thomas Vinterberg
  • The Vulcain Prize of the Technical Artist is an award presented by a jury appointed by the CST a French association of sound and visual professionals, to the best technical contribution in the festival.

  • Queer Palm
    • Laurence Anyways
      directed by Xavier Dolan, screened in Un Certain Regard
      Canada, France
    Queer Palm - Short Film
    • Ce n'est pas un film de Cow-Boys (It's Not a Cowboy Movie)
      directed by Benjamin Parent, screened in Critic's Week
  • Created in 2010, the Queer Palm awards the best LGBT themed film in the festival.

  • Palm Dog
    • Banjo and Poppy in Sightseers
      directed by Ben Wheatley, screened in Directors' Fortnight
  • Created in 2001, the Palm Dog Award is presented to the best performance by a canine during the festival.


    365 moviesandsongs365 said...

    Haneke's Amour is that original? A little surprised to see it win biggest award, considering I read it was touch-and-go if he'd even make it, since it is similar to another film. Maybe as one reviewer writes, Amour is a good companion to Away From Her

    Steven Flores said...

    I'm currently finishing up my Cannes post-mortem where I'll admit, I found this year to be a bit underwhelming as there weren't a lot of standouts this year.  There's more I have to say once I post my post-mortem later today.  At least your coverage of the festival made it fun.

    FrontRoomCinema said...

    Thanks for putting this together BT. You are always the best place to look.

    Go Haneke!!

    Max Covill said...

    Fantastic coverage this year BT! Did you hear anything about that film 'Spring Breakers'? I thought it was supposed to be showing at Cannes.

    filmnohito said...

    I just want to echo others and say thanks for the coverage. Shame about Like Someone in Love
    not living up to expectations but it's great to see Vinterberg back on top.

    iluvcinema said...

    Thanks for your very detailed analysis!

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