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German Drama The White Ribbon Takes Top Cannes Prize


At the end of this year's Cannes Film Festival, the competition's top prize, the Palme d'Or, was handed to Austrian director Michael Haneke for The White Ribbon, a black-and-white drama set in northern Germany during the years before World War I. One viewer describes the film as "[i]mpeccably made with hypnotic skill and control," with a story that is "as disturbing underneath as it is seemingly placid on the surface."

For his well-received drama A Prophet, which follows "a young Arab man's coming of age and into power during six years inside a corrupt, brutal prison," French director Jacques Audiard accepted the Grand Prix prize. The only win for an American film was the best actor prize given to Christoph Waltz, who plays a Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In his speech, "Waltz thanked Tarantino, saying 'with your passion and conviction, you gave me my vocation back.'"

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leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Great to see Haneke follow up last year's craptacular Funny Games with something good. His films are seriously, seriously disturbing
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
What a great year for Austria with both Haneke and Waltz winning! A pretty great year for Germany as well, as "The White Ribbon" was co-produced by Germany and has a largely German cast. Strangely enough, three of the awarded films this year were shot in Germany: The White Ribbon, Inglourious Basterds and Antichrist (Charlotte Gainsbourgh won best actress). I don't think this has ever happened before...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's always interesting to see who gets the top honors at Cannes - and this year, as is similar to several past year, the United States hasn't come out on top. that doesn't mean that we won't see some FANTASTIC movies in the coming year though :)
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