The closing ceremony of the 69th edition took place on May 22, 2016 where the prizes for the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival were announced
The festival always have surprising results, and very few, for instance, saw it coming that 79-year-old Briton Ken Loach’s social commentary, I, Daniel Blake, would win the Palme d’Or, Cannes’s top prize. The film portrays a handicapped laborer struggling to provide for his family, and Loach himself acknowledged (in French) the dissonance of accepting an award for the movie in such a glamorous setting. He won the Palme d’Or once before, in 2006, forThe Wind That Shakes the Barley.
The Grand Prix, went to 27-year-old auteur Xavier Dolan for It’s Only the End of the World, starring Gaspard Ulliel as a famous playwright who returns home after a 12-year absence to tell the family he abandoned (which includes Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, and Marion Cotillard) that he is dying. The movie, comprised of endless close-up shots and cacophonous arguments, is not easy to watch and was one of the most divisive films here, but Dolan already has a long history with Cannes, having first shown a picture at the festival in 2009 when he was only 21. The young director is also known for directing Adele’s sweeping video for “Hello”.
Here is a full list of the festival winners :
Palme d’Or: I, Daniel BlakeGrand Prix: Xavier Dolan, It’s Only the End of the World
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Best Director: Cristian Mungiu (Graduation) and Olivier Assayas (PersonalShopper)
Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, Ma ‘Rosa
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Caméra d’Or (for best first feature): Divines (director: Houda Benyamina)
Short Film Palme d’Or: Timecode