Palme d’Or (Best Film): Amour (Austria) by Michael Haneke

Grand Prix (Runner-up): Reality (Italy) by Matteo Garrone

Jury Prize (Third Prize): The Angels’ Share (Britain) by Ken Loach

Camera d’Or (Debut Film): Beasts of the Southern Wild (U.S.) by Benh Zeitlin

Best Director: Carlos Reygadas, Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico)

Best Screenplay: Beyond the Hills (Romania), Cristian Mungiu

Best Actress: Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, Beyond the Hills

Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt

The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 16 to May 27, 2012. Italian film director Nanni Moretti was the President of the Jury for the main competition and British actor Tim Roth was the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section. French actress Bérénice Bejo hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. The festival opened with the US film Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson and closed with the late Claude Miller‘s final film Thérèse Desqueyroux.

The Jury of Competition, presided over by Nanni Moretti ( Italian director, actor and producer ) welcomed fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier  to it’s ranks. This is the first time a fashion designer has been given a spot on the festivals jury. Other members of the jury include Hiam Abbass (Palestinian actress, director), Emmanuelle Devos (French actress), Andrea Arnold (British director and scriptwriter) , and  Diane Kruger (German actress). Also included on the jury are Ewan McGregor (British actor), Raoul Peck (Haitian director, scriptwriter and producer) and Alexander Payne (American director, scriptwriter and producer). This team of jurors will decided between the 22 films in Competition in order to select the winner of the Palme d’Or during the closing ceremony on May 27th.

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