TOP MOVIE NEWS: MONDAY 28 MAY
Ken Loach's The Angels' Share wins Jury Prize at Cannes
Brit director Ken Loach took home one of the top prizes at the Cannes film festival last night for his tale of whisky and redemption The Angels' Share.
The film, about unemployed Glaswegians directed by Ken Loach, won the coveted Jury Prize at the film festival.
Loach said the prize for his darkly comic film proved that “cinema is not just an entertainment. It shows us who we are”.
The comedy, written by Paul Laverty, stars Paul Brannigan, 25, a former young offender who was discovered while working as a volunteer football coach in Glasgow. He plays the central figure of Robbie in the film.
Meanwhile, Austrian director Michael Haneke's Love, the wrenching tale of a man and his dying wife, won the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.
Haneke's octogenarian actors, French screen icon Jean-Louis Trintignant, 81, and Emmanuelle Riva, 85, bowled Cannes over in the story of Georges and Anne, an adoring couple whose bond is tested after she suffers a stroke.
His second Palme in three years, the win confirmed Haneke's status as arguably the most important film director working in Europe.
Haneke took the Palme d'Or three years ago for a very different work, "The White Ribbon" a black-and-white study of malice in a German village on the eve of World War I, which some saw as a parable on the roots of Nazi savagery.
Hailed as a "masterpiece" by critics, the French-language "Love" marked a journey into tender new territory for a director better known for exposing the icy secrets of the soul.
Haneke's sober camera chronicles the intimate details of Anne's physical and mental decline, as Georges fulfils a pledge to care for her at home until the end.
Both actors climbed on stage at the star-studded gala in the Riviera city to accept the award with Haneke, who dedicated it to his wife of 30 years.
"This film is an illustration of the promise we made to each other, if either one of us finds ourselves in the situation that is described in the film," the 70-year-old director told the audience.
The jury gave the Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone's Reality at the 65th Cannes festival.