London (ANI): Thai film 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past
Lives' has won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The
success of the film surprised many who had tipped British director
Mike Leigh's 'Another Year' to take home the top prize.
The film, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, revolves around
a dying man who is visited by his late wife and his missing son,
who has become an ape. "I would like to thank all the spirits and
all the ghosts in Thailand who made it possible for me to be here," the BBC quoted Weerasethakul, as saying, while accepting the
He had won the third-place jury prize at Cannes with his film
'Tropical Malady' in 2004. Tim Burton, who led the nine-member
jury, said: "Each and every one of us has some favorites that
didn't make it."
Javier Bardem and Italian actor Elio Germano shared the Best
Actor prize. Bardem took home the award for his role in Biutiful
and Germano for 'Our Life'.
Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress title for 'Certified
Palme d'Or - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,
directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Best director - Mathieu Amalric for On Tour
Best actress - Juliette Binoche for Certified Copy
Best actor- Javier Bardem for Biutiful and Elio Germano for Our
Best screenplay - Lee Chang-Dong for Poetry
Grand Prix - Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvois
Jury Prize - A Screaming Man directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun