Cannes Film Festival 2010 Award Winners

The Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from unpronounceable  name director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The film played towards the end of the festival to mixed reviews, but great admiration from critics. Weerasethakul has been achieving gradually increased recognition after the success of his 2006 film Syndromes of a Century. This significant Cannes victory will definitely continue to elevate his status in international cinema.

The other big winners at the festival were all familiar names. The Best Actress award went to Cannes favorite Juliette Binoche for her performance in Certified Copy and the Best Actor award was a tie between Javier Bardem for Biutiful and Elio Germano for La Nostra Vita. There has been a lot of complaint amongst critics who attend the festival that the Best Actor and Actress awards typically go to who is internationally well-known instead of who gave the best performance.

The rest of the awards are listed below:

Cannes Film Festival 2010 Award Winners

Palme d’Or (Top Prize)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Grand Prix (Runner Up)
Of Gods and Men, Xavier Beauvois

Best Director
Mathieu Almaric, On Tour

Best Actor
Javier Bardem, Biutiful and Elio Germano, La Nostra Vita

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy

Best Screenplay
Poetry by Lee Chang-dong

Camera d’Or (Best First Feature)
Año Bisiesto, Michael Rowe

Jury Prize
A Screaming Man, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

[Source: Deadline Hollywood]

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