Some surprises there certainly were, but few could argue with the decisions given out. There was an unspurprising reaction from Jean-Luc Godard. He promised that he wouldn’t bother turning up for the awards ceremony and he was as good as his word when he was absent from the Palais des Festivals at the moment of his receiving a Prix du Jury for his film. It was one of two prizes given out by the Jury – one to the 83-year-old enfant terrible of French cinema and the other to the new kid on the block from Canada – 25-year-old Xavier Dolan. The former had nothing to add to his assertion during the week on radio that his latest film (an fractured exercise in 3D) was “my best film”. The latter couldn’t help the tears from falling as he accepted his prize from German actor Daniel Brühl.
After the ceremony, there was a special screening of “For a Few Dollars More” – an event that market the 50th anniversary of the advent of the so-called Spaghetti Westerns. It was a last chance for people to pose on the famous red carpet and the steps of the Palais des Festivals and a last chance to see one of the most glamorous displays of dresses this side of the Mediterranean.
The various nations were well represented at the awards where French actor Lambert Wilson was master of ceremonies. Turkey was recompensed with the main award for the first time in the form of Nuri Bilge Ceylan for the film Winter Sleep. Russia, Canada, France, Italy, USA and Britain were all on the list of receivers for their various prizes:
– Palme d’Or: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for “Kış Uykusu” (Winter Sleep)
– Best Actor: Timothy Spall for “Mr Turner”
– Best Actress: Julianne Moore for “Maps to the Stars”
– Best Director: Bennett Miller for “Foxcatcher”
– Prix du Jury: Xavier Dolan (Mommy) and Jean-Luc Godard (Adieu au Langage)
– Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for “Leviathan”
– Grand Prix du Jury: Alice Rohrwacher for “Le Meraviglie” (The Wonders)
– Caméra d’Or: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis for “Party Girl”
– Un Certain Regard: “Feher Isten” (White God)