Another year has come and gone as the sun sets on 2016’s Cannes Film Festival. As our jealousy ebbs like the glorious tide upon the Southern France beaches, winners of this year’s most prestigious movie festival rejoiced in being the crème da le crème of movie-making. Folks from all walk of lives were celebrated in a ceremony unlike any other and does who walked away with an accolade.
One of Britain’s finest directors Ken Loach has scooped up the top prize, winning the Palme d’Or for I, Daniel Blake, scooping up the prizes for his unashamed and poetic drama. He beat out the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn, Pedro Almodovar, and Xavier Dolan to win the prize.
However, Dolan would later go on to win the Grand Priz for It’s Only The End of the World, solidifying his stance as one of the brightest young directors. Andrea Arnold, another English filmmaker who crafted the superb Fish Tank, scooped up the Jury Prize for her celebrated masterpiece American Honey.
Jaclyn Jose won Best Actresses for her Ma Rosa whilst Shahab Hosseini scooped up the Best Actor gong for The Salesman. Best Director went to Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper (despite the initial boos) and Cristian Mungiu for Graduation whilst Asghar Farhadi’s script for The Salesman won Best Screenplay. Camera d’Or went to Houda Benyamina for Divines.
In a celebration of LGBT centred movies the Queer Palm Feature award went to Les Vies de Therese by Sebastien Lifshitz and Short Award went to Gabber Lover by Anna Cazenave-Cambet.
From The BFG to The Angry Birds, The Neon Demon to Blood Father, Cannes celebrated the finest in filmmaking as well as showcased small filmmakers and their shorts.
Congratulations to another successful year!