CANNES: Loach's "Wind," More Euro Films Take End of Festival Prizes

by | May 29, 2006 | Comments

While films by American directors came up empty-handed, three European entries took top honors at the end of festival awards ceremony, led by UK director Ken Loach with "The Wind That Shakes The Barley."

It was a surprising set of winners this year, as the high profile, widely lauded films in competition ("Babel," "Volver") got overlooked in favor of two smaller, intense, character-driven war dramas and a Dogme 95 thriller. With a jury of international stars — Samuel L. Jackson, Monica Bellucci, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Zhang Ziyi, and the President, Wong Kar-Wai among them — the critical buzz was by no means an accurate predictor of winners.

First-place winner "Wind" follows a young doctor (Cillian Murphy) who joins a growing rebellion in 1920s Ireland to fight British rule in a bloody civil war. Loach, an eight-time Cannes participant, has won five previous prizes at Cannes; the Palme d’Or is the festival’s (and his) highest placing thus far.


Palme d’Or winner "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," by Ken Loach

Jury president Wong Kar-Wai confirmed that his jury awarded Loach the first-place honor in a unanimous decision. Few early betters had their money on "Wind," however, which enjoyed a lukewarm and certainly not overwhelming response from festival viewers and critics (click here to see a sampling of critics’ reviews).

Taking second place with the Grand Prix award was Bruno Dumont with "Flandres," another war-themed film that only enjoyed a moderate reception at Cannes. "Flandres" tells the story of young enlisted men sent off to fight an unidentified war, and the changes they undergo from the effects of military life.


Andrea Arnold’s "Red Road" took home the Jury Prize at Cannes

The third-place Jury Prize award went to another UK production, "Red Road." Andrea Arnold‘s first feature-length directorial effort, "Red Road" unravels a mystery as a television surveillance operator catches a glimpse of a man from her past — perhaps most interesting, the project is the first of a three-part Dogme 95 experiment to use the same characters and actors in three different films. Surprisingly, critics at Cannes seemed to take to this one a bit more than the top two winners, with The Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt calling "Red Road" "tense and provocative…"Rear Window" Times 100."

Other awards of the festival included the Best Director honor, bestowed upon Mexican DJ-turned-directorial darling Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose "Babel" was screened to great acclaim in competition. "Babel," a three-story drama about the tragic repercussions of a single gunshot, and the disconnectedness of humanity, had generated a lot of Palme d’Or buzz following its debut at Cannes; film critic Emanuel Levy calls it "more compelling than "21 Grams"" and "more involving than "Syriana.""


Pedro Almodovar’s "Volver" won Best Screenplay, as well as honors for its six main female performers

Also receiving a consolation prize was perennial director célèbre Pedro Almodovar, whose "Volver" was a widespread favorite throughout the festival, and seemed the popular favorite for top honors. Almodovar, who throughout his illustrious career has won just about every cinematic award there is (Oscar, Palme d’Or, Cesar, you name it), was awarded the Best Screenplay honor for his darkly comic multigenerational tale of women, tragedy, life, and death.

Adding more emphasis to the merits of "Volver," the jury awarded the Best Performance of an Actress honor to pretty much the entire female cast of the film: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, and Chus Lampreave.

Similar honors were bestowed on the male stars of Algerian war tale "Indigenes," whose actors Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, and Bernard Blancan collectively accepted Best Performance by an Actor.


The cast of "Indigenes" earned collective honors for their portrayals of WWII French-Algerian soldiers

The Un Certain Regard category also awarded its honors:

Prix Un Certain Regard — "Luxury Car," director Wang Chao
Prix Special Du Jury Un Certain Regard — "Ten Canoes," director Rolf De Heer
Acting Award — Dorothea Petre, "The Way I Spent The End Of The World"
Acting Award — Don Angel Tavira, "El Violin"
Prix du President du Jury — "Meurtrieres," director Patrick Grandperret

And lastly, the Camera d’Or (Golden Camera) awarded in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar, went to Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu for "A Fost Sau N-A Fost?"

Tag Cloud

VH1 streaming CNN comiccon AMC Comic Book Musicals Country Red Carpet Warner Bros. Fall TV Reality Competition El Rey Masterpiece hist VICE 21st Century Fox Black Mirror X-Men RT History Sneak Peek DC Universe The Arrangement The CW Universal docudrama 2017 Box Office richard e. Grant green book Elton John PBS Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Freeform Fox News FXX Marathons Acorn TV supernatural YA dc CMT cooking Pirates SDCC Vudu mockumentary Musical Nickelodeon Starz Dark Horse Comics Photos psychological thriller Ellie Kemper Trivia Superheroe ITV Creative Arts Emmys Showtime Disney Esquire Rom-Com DirecTV technology Awards Paramount Network Comedy Star Wars adaptation GIFs Schedule science fiction finale FX Opinion mutant disaster MCU Sundance Now crime drama blaxploitation cults Comics on TV space crime thriller Amazon festivals TV Land Podcast nature CW Seed Lifetime aliens Year in Review Cartoon Network Set visit cops E3 San Diego Comic-Con robots Writers Guild of America teaser Certified Fresh YouTube Premium Star Trek 2015 TV Oscars Holidays Interview Hulu TCM USA Network Spike transformers adventure politics Christmas Premiere Dates crime based on movie Spring TV dramedy ESPN 2018 Mary Tyler Moore Election Shudder APB Valentine's Day Pet Sematary Western strong female leads Crackle Mary Poppins Returns Summer Sony Pictures TNT Drama Stephen King National Geographic zombies talk show History DGA Trailer YouTube Red Columbia Pictures New York Comic Con Superheroes war 2016 Anna Paquin spy thriller Video Games medical drama historical drama Mudbound SXSW true crime Kids & Family Bravo theme song Nominations Disney Channel Sundance GoT Super Bowl Martial Arts Emmys Polls and Games RT21 binge Syfy First Look LGBTQ Extras Awards Tour Character Guide USA CBS natural history Cosplay sitcom BET HBO anime Netflix casting MSNBC Horror vampires GLAAD Heroines dceu BBC DC Comics political drama Teen doctor who Spectrum Originals CBS All Access award winner composers ratings Winter TV Best and Worst Music discovery IFC thriller jamie lee curtis Walt Disney Pictures zero dark thirty ABC Women's History Month SundanceTV E! Tomatazos Shondaland Quiz justice league 007 Amazon Prime Apple Logo FOX serial killer Mystery crossover psycho Mary poppins television period drama Pixar social media sequel miniseries Cannes BBC America Epix 20th Century Fox Action travel TBS boxoffice anthology Grammys diversity Film Festival dragons Lionsgate 2019 Captain marvel Reality Winners singing competition TIFF Fantasy TCA 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Countdown Tumblr what to watch Ovation NYCC TCA Rocky facebook The Witch Song of Ice and Fire Brie Larson spider-man Biopics cats Rock Paramount NBC Sci-Fi comic DC streaming service See It Skip It romance 24 frames golden globes IFC Films President TLC PaleyFest Ghostbusters Comedy Central Calendar unscripted Infographic Adult Swim 45 biography witnail elevated horror MTV Rocketman sports Animation Mindy Kaling Trophy Talk Britbox Tarantino harry potter Toys Nat Geo TruTV OWN WGN American Society of Cinematographers Watching Series ABC Family cinemax Pop police drama zombie Thanksgiving Lucasfilm A&E Food Network Marvel