Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or and Prizes
The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 May to 22 May 2016. Australian director George Miller was the President of the Jury for the main competition. French actor Laurent Lafitte was the host for the opening and closing ceremonies. On 15 March it was announced that Japanese director Naomi Kawase would serve as the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury president. American director Woody Allen‘s film “Café Society” opened the festival. Two female filmmakers were in competition for Palme d’Or during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival: Andrea Arnold for “American Honey” and Maren Ade for “Toni Erdmann”.
The 2016 Cannes Film Festival came to an end Sunday 22 May with the presentation of this year’s awards, topped by the prestigious honoring of the Palme d’Or. The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival had 21 films in competition. The battle for the Palme included auteurs like Nicolas Winding Refn, Xavier Dolan, Pedro Almodóvar, Paul Verhoeven and the Dardenne Brothers. The Palme d’Or was awarded to the British film “I, Daniel Blake” directed by Ken Loach, which also served as closing film of the festival. At a press conference, Ken Loach said that he was “quietly stunned” to win. The director Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or for his well-received film “I, Daniel Blake”.
Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” won the Grand Prix. This is the second Cannes prize for Xavier Dolan, who won the Jury Prize two years ago for “Mommy”. Director Andrea Arnold also won the Jury Prize for “American Honey”, which starred Shia LaBeouf. This is her third jury prize, after “Red Road” and “Fish Tank”, and now Andrea Arnold holds the record for most Jury Prizes. For the Best Actress award the winner was Jaclyn Jose, in “Ma Rosa”. For the Best Actor was Shahab Hosseini, in “The Salesman”. And the Best Director award went to Olivier Assayas, “Personal Shopper” & Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation”.
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