Winners Of The 69th Cannes Film Festival

Last night’s awards ceremony wrapped this year’s Cannes Film Festival and head of The Feature Films jury, George Miller, announced the winners…

Among shock from critics, the full list of winners is as follows: 

Palme D’orI, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach

Still from ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Image Credit: Collider


This is the second Palme D’or win for veteran Ken Loach, who took out the prize in 2006 for his film The Wind That Shakes The BarleyHis 2016 victory I, Daniel Blake, explores the story of a middle aged widower and a man who, after injuring himself, requires state assistance for his disability. What follows is their harsh struggle with the British Social Benefits System and the real world connotations were palpable. Upon receiving his award, Loach declared: “when there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage,” and that “we must say that another world is possible and necessary”. 

Xavier Dolan accepting the Grand Prix for ‘Juste La Fin Du Monde’. Image Credit: Valery Hache

Grand PrixJuste La Fin Du Monde (It’s Only the End of the World) directed by Xavier Dolan

After receiving an onslaught of disapproval at the premiere , paired with subsequent bashing from critics, to ultimately taking out the Grand Prix, Dolan couldn’t hold back tears as he accepted his award.

Best Director – Cristian Mungiu for Bacalaureat (Graduation) and Oliver Assayas for Personal Shopper

Image Credit: American Honey



Best Screenplay – Asghar Farhadi for Forushande (The Salesman)

Jury PrizeAmerican Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold

Best Performance by an Actress – Jaclyn Jose in Ma’ Rosa directed by Brillante Mendoza

Best Performance by an Actor – Shahab Hosseini in Forushande (The Salesman) directed by Asghar Farhadi

Short Film Palme D’orTimecode directed by Juanjo Gimenez

Camera D’or Divines directed by Houda Benyamina

It seems as though critics and the Jury experienced a huge disconnect this year, with only Bacalaureat (Graduation) actually winning anything from the critics selected top 5 (see Screen International). Juste La Fin Du Monde received boos, American Honey polarised audiences and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann didn’t receive a single award… However, whether it was the Jury or the critics who were off base, soon the films’ release will allow us to be the judge of that…