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Cannes Prizes: White Ribbon Wins Palme d'Or

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 24, 2009 at 9:04AM

It turns out the only US channel carrying the Cannes Ceremonie de Cloture is TV5Monde--and in LA you have to subscribe (in advance) on Time Warner Cable to all the French channels to get it. Oh well. And I wasn't able to get it live on Canal Plus online--they'll edit it together for tomorrow, it seems. Which leaves IndieWire, reporting live.
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It turns out the only US channel carrying the Cannes Ceremonie de Cloture is TV5Monde--and in LA you have to subscribe (in advance) on Time Warner Cable to all the French channels to get it. Oh well. And I wasn't able to get it live on Canal Plus online--they'll edit it together for tomorrow, it seems. Which leaves IndieWire, reporting live.

Here are the winners--Sony Pictures Classics pre-bought Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon before Cannes, and acquired Jacques Audiard's A Prophet at the festival:

Palme d’Or: “The White Ribbon,” directed by Michael Haneke

Grand Prix (runner-up): “The Prophet,” directed by Jacques Audiard

Prix Exceptional du Jury (Special Jury Prize): Alain Resnais, director of “Wild Grass”

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director): Brillante Mendoza, director of “Kinatay”

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay): Feng Mei for “Spring Fever” (directed by Lou Ye)

Camera d’Or (best first feature): “Samson and Delilah,” directed by Warwick Thornton

Camera d’Or Special Mention: “Ajami”

Prix du Jury (jury prize) - TIED: “Fish Tank,” directed by Andrea Arnold and “Thirst,” directed by Park Chan-wook

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress): Charlotte Gainsbourg for “Antichrist” (directed by Lars von Trier)

Prix d’interpretation masculine (best actor): Christoph Waltz for “Inglorious Basterds” (directed by Quentin Tarantino)

Palme d’Or (short film): “Arena,” directed by Joao Salaviza

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.