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Michael Haneke’s Amour Wins Cannes’s Palme d'Or

Michael Haneke's Amour.

The Cannes Film Festival jury has picked its winners, and as many had predicted (including Vulture), Michael Haneke won the Palme d'Or for his quietly devastating Amour. The closest thing to a consensus pick in a divisive Cannes lineup, it gives Haneke his second Palme in a row after winning for 2009’s The White Ribbon

Other notable winners include Beyond the Hills, which won Best Screenplay and Best Actress (split amongst its two female leads), Mads Mikkelsen for Best Actor in The Hunt, and Carlos Reygadas, who won Best Director for his polarizing Post Tenebras Lux. (Many thought Leos Carax might take that prize for the equally surreal Holy Motors.) Sundance barnstormer Beasts of the Southern Wild continued to clean up, too, here winning the Camera d'Or for best first film.