Cannes 2016: The winners in full
The 69th Cannes film festival came to a close last night (May 22), with George Miller’s jury honouring the people behind a number of arthouse films you’ve probably never heard of.
British director Ken Loach was the big winner of the ceremony, taking home the Palme d’Or for his political protest film, I, Daniel Blake, about a disabled man’s frustrated dealings with the UK benefits system. Loach attacked the “dangerous project of austerity” as he accepted the award; the second Palme d’Or of his career after winning for The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006.
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Kent-born Andrea Arnold was another successful Brit on the night, being awarded the Jury Prize for her epic road movie American Honey, which stars Shia LaBeouf and follows a group of wild youths as they travel through US states selling hard luck stories and magazine subscriptions.
Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, said of these two wins: “What a moment for British cinema, and for two important and humane films with so much to say. Bravo to Ken and to Andrea and their collaborators – including the unstoppable Robbie Ryan who shot both films. This is cinema from the heart, and we’re grateful that we have an industry that can support such personal, powerful film-making”.
The list of this year’s Cannes competition winners in full is as follows:
Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake
Xavier Dolan – It’s Only the End of the World
Andrea Arnold – American Honey
Houda Benyamina – Divines
tie: Olivier Assayas – Personal Shopper, and Cristian Mungiu – Graduation
Asghar Farhadi – The Salesman
Jaclyn Jose – Ma ‘Rosa
Shahab Hosseini – The Salesman
Timecode – Juanjo Jimenez
Honorary Palme d’Or