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CANNES 2009 - WINNERS

SAMSON AND DELILAH, THE WHITE RIBBON WIN THE GOLD
To no-one’s surprise, Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah won the Camera d’Or (best first or second feature) at Cannes last weekend, the prize last won by an Australian in 1996 when Shirley Barrett brought it home for Love Serenade. But it was an Austrian not an Australian who won the coveted Palme d’Or, when Michael Haneke accepted the award for his latest film, The White Ribbon.


At the press conference announcing the Camera d’Or, Warwick Thornton was asked how his actors reacted to the news. He had to explain that in Central Australia it was 4am and in any case, neither Rowan McNamara nor Marissa Gibson had phones. It was a symbolic moment, highlighting the worlds apart: Festival de Cannes and the Australian outback of the teenagers in the film. (The film will screen an ABC TV later this year.)

Michael Haneke accepted the Palme d’Or from Isabelle Huppert and said: “Thank you very much. Sometimes my wife asks me a very feminine question: that is, am I happy. Well, let me say that at this moment in time, I am very happy.” It’s “a mysterious story about a series of untoward events in a rural village in pre-World War I Germany to advance the notion that malice is arguably the dominant human trait,” as Variety’s Todd McCarthy puts it.

Cinephiles will welcome the presentation of the lifetime achievement award to veteran French filmmaker Alain Resnais, who turns 87 next week (June 3). His credits include the acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year in Marienbad.

In a year when the awards are scattered around the world to filmmakers from Korea and the Philippines, Romania to Greece, UK to Hong Kong, the closest the Americans came was the Best Actor gong for Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds – which is actually a US/German coproduction, and Waltz is Austrian by birth.

COMPETITION JURY PRIZES
Palme d'Or

"The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke, Germany-France-Austria-Italy)

Grand Prix
"A Prophet" (Jacques Audiard, France)

Lifetime achievement award

Alain Resnais, "Wild Grass" (France)

Director
Brillante Mendoza ("Kinatay," France-Philippines)

Jury Prize
"Fish Tank" (Andrea Arnold, U.K.), "Thirst" (Park Chan-wook, South Korea-U.S.)

Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" (U.S.-Germany)

Actress
Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Antichrist" (Denmark-Germany-France-Sweden-Italy-Poland)

Screenplay
Mei Feng, "Spring Fever" (Hong Kong-France)

OTHER MAIN JURY AWARDS
Camera d'Or
"Samson and Delilah" (Warwick Thornton, Australia)

Special Mention
"Ajami" (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani, Israel-Germany)

Critics' Week Grand Prix

"Farewell Gary" (Nassim Amamouche, France)

UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY AWARDS

Main Prize
"Dogtooth" (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)

Jury Prize
"Police, Adjective" (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

Special Prize
"No One Knows About Persian Cats" (Bahman Ghobadi, Iran), "Father of My Children" (Mia Hansen-Love, France)

FIPRESCI AWARDS
Competition
"The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke, Germany-Austria-France-Italy)

Un Certain Regard
"Police, Adjective" (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

Directors' Fortnight
"Amreeka" (Cherien Dabis, Canada-Kuwait-U.S.)

SHORT FILMS JURY PRIZES
Palme d'Or
"Arena" (Joao Salaviza, Portugal)

Special Mention
"The Six Dollar Fifty Man" (Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland, New Zealand)

CINEFONDATION
First Prize
"Baba" (Zuzana Kirchnerova-Spidlova)

Second Prize
"Goodbye" (Song Fang)

Third Prize
"Diploma" (Yaelle Kayam)
"Don't Step Out of the House" (Jo Sung-hee)

ECUMENICAL PRIZE
"Looking for Eric" (Ken Loach, U.K.-France-Italy-Belgium-Spain)

PRIX VULCAIN TECHNICAL AWARD
Aitor Berenguer, sound mixer ("Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," Spain)

Published May 25, 2009
 

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Samson & Delilah


The White Ribbon

Michael Haneke


Alain Renais, Lifetime Achievement Award


Charlotte Gainsbourg - Best Actress, Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist


Christoph Waltz - Best Actor, Inglourious Basterds


Brad and Angelina - glamour on the red carpet

Footnote:
Former AFTRS Director Rod Bishop points out that Australia has won the Camera d’Or twice now, both times by AFTRS graduates, the other being Shirley Barrett for Love Serenade; the Palme d’Or once, by AFTRS graduate Jane Campion for The Piano; and the Palme d’Or for Best Short three times (twice by AFTRS students). No other Film School in the world has that record. Warwick Thornton is the first male AFTRS graduate to win at Cannes.







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