“Wow what a week it’s been,” said Kirsten Dunst as she accepted her Best Actress prize for Melancholia. “Thank you so much. It’s a once in a lifetime thing. Thank you to the festival for letting the film still be in competition. Thank Lars for giving me the opportunity to be so brave. It’s such a special night for me.”
Nicolas Winding Refn wins the director prize for Drive, amid huge applause in the house and the press room. He thanks Gaspar Noe for teaching him how to smash heads and Ryan Gosling (amid cheers) who wanted him to direct the film.
I had heard that Israeli writer-director oseph Cedar had been asked to return to Cannes to accept a prize. He didn’t make it in time to accept the screenplay award for Footnote. The movie was a well-written family drama about two rival academics–a father and his son. Sony Pictures Classics picked it up.
Overcome and breathy actress-director Maiwenn wins the Jury Prize for Poliss, a dense policier that won mixed response. Sundance Selects has picked it up in the U.S.
The Camera d’Or for best first film goes to Spanish-language Las Acacias directed by Argentinian Pablo Giorgelli, which showed in Critics Week.
Jury president Michel Gondry presents the Palme d’Or for short film to Cross Country by Ukrainian filmmaker Maryna Vroda.