Earlier today, the winners of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival were announced:
Palme d’Or — Amour by Michael Haneke
Grand Prix — Reality by Matteo Garrone
Best Director — Carlos Reygadas for Post Tenabras Lux
Best Screenplay — Beyond the Hills by Christian Mungiu
Best Actress — Cristina Fluter and Cosmina Stratan in Beyond the Hills
Best Actor — Mads Mikkelson in The Hunt
Jury Prize — The Angels’ Share by Ken Loach
Interestingly enough, considering that a whole lot of the coverage of this year’s festival centered on the large number of American films in competition, not a single American film won any of the competitive awards. Even the widely acclaimed Moonrise Kingdom was shut out. It’s also interesting to note that this is 2nd of Haneke’s film to win the Palme d’Or in less than a decade and that all Ken Loach has to do to win an award in Europe is show up.
Personally, just from the reports coming out of the festival, Beyond the Hills is the Cannes winner that I am most enthusiastic about seeing in the future.