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The famous Cannes International Film Festival was held last week from May 16-27 in Cannes, France. In its 65th edition, this year’s festival celebrated the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, who was featured on the posters for the event, and the top prize, the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) was awarded to Austrian director Michael Haneke for his film Amour.The Cannes festival was founded in 1946 to celebrate international cinema. It has become the world’s most prestigious film festival. It is seen as a showcase of European films as well as a festival that prizes artistic quality. The Palme d’Or, the top prize of the festival has been given out since 1955 and is probably the most coveted award in the filmmaking industry. This year, the Palme d’Or was won by Michael Haneke, who became only the sixth director to win the prize twice. He won in 2009 for his film The White Rabbit. This year’s film, Amour, is about an elderly couple dealing with love and death.The second place prize, the Grand Prix went to Reality, a satire on reality TV directed by the Italian Matteo Garrone, who also won the Grand Prix in 2008 with Gomorrah. The third prize, the Jury Prize, went to Ken Loach for The Angels’ Share. Loach is also a previous winner, winning the Palme in 2006 for The Wind that Shakes the Barley.Other winners included filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, who won best director for Post Tenebras Lux, Mads Mikkelsen for best actor, and the two stars of Beyond the Hills, which also won for best screenplay, Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan won the prize for best actress. The prize of Un Certain Regard, which is awarded to especially original works and young talent, went to Después de Lucia by Michel Franco.This year, the President of the jury was the Italian director Nanni Moretti, and he was joined by Scotish actor Ewan McGregor, German actress Diane Kruger, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbass, American filmmaker Alexander Payne, English filmmaker Andrea Arnold, and Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The photo gallery starts on the next page.
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