No one would have predicted that Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, would take the coveted Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or on Sunday.
Gasps of surprise and enthusiastic applause resounded through the biggest auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on Sunday night, as Tim Burton announced the surprise winner of the coveted Palme d'Or prize: Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
Juliette Binoche, winner of the Best Actress prize. (photo: D.Segretain)
Elio Germano et Javier Bardem share the Best Actor prize. (photo: D.Segretain)
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man scoops the Jury prize. (photo: D.Segretain)
Lee Chang-Dong's Poetry took the Best Screenplay Prize. (photo: D.Segretain)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, won the Palme d'Or. (photo: D.Segretain)
Best director Prize
Abbas Kiarostami talking about Juliette Binoche
Most critics had also anticipated that Javier Bardem (joint best actor prize) would be rewarded for his powerful star performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s otherwise excruciatingly overwrought Biutiful. Juliette Binoche (best actress in Certified Copy) had also been tipped to beat out other favourites.
Date created : 2010-05-23