The Cannes Film Festival is always an interesting time, mainly when it comes around to giving out the awards which almost always is a contentious issue. This year’s jury was led by George Miller with likes of Donald Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst, Mads MIkkelsen, Laszlo Nemes and Arnaud Desplechin rounding out the group.
They awarded the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or to Ken Loach’s I, DANIEL BLAKE. This is Loach’s second Palme d’Or after THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY back in 2006. I, DANIEL BLAKE is the story of a middle-aged carpenter who requires foodbanks after an injury, it’s here that he meets a single mother who’s in a similar situation. The film’s win came as a shock after rave reviews for the likes of TONI ERDMANN and PATERSON.
Elsewhere, the Grand Prix went to Xavier Dolan’s IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD with Andrea Arnold picking up the Jury Prize for AMERICAN HONEY. The Best Director prize was split between Christian Mungui for GRADUATION and Olivier Assayas for PERSONAL SHOPPER. The Best Screenplay award went to Asghar Farhadi for THE SALESMAN with Jaclyn Jose being awarded the Best Actress for MA’ ROSA and Shahab Hosseine picking up the Best Actor for THE SALESMAN.
Finishing things off are the Caméra d’Or, going to Houda Benyamina for DIVIES, the Short Film Palme d’Or going to Juanjo Gimenez’s TIMECODE and Jean-Pierre Leaud being awarded the Palme d’Honneur.