Cannes 2013, Palme d’or goes to La Vie d'Adèle


Cannes Film Festival 2013 has announced awrad winners.

The Palme d’or has gone to La Vie d’Adèle Chapitre 1 & 2 by Abdellatif Kechiche. The President of the Jury, Steven Spielberg, explained that “The Jury took note of the excellence of three artists: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux et Abdellatif Kechiche.”

After receiving his award from American actress Uma Thurman, the winner, accompanied by his two actresses, declared: “I want to remind everyone of a man who helped me find my way, who I love and who I miss: Claude Berri. I want to dedicate this prize and this film to the wonderful young people of France who I met while making this film and who taught me so much about the hope for freedom and of living in harmony together. And to the young people who, not so long ago, lived through the Tunisian revolution, so as to inspire them to live in freedom, express themselves in freedom and love in freedom.”

The Short Film Palme d’or has been awarded for Safe by Korean director Moon Byoung-gon by Jane Campion, President of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury and by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. The jury also awarded two joint special mentions to Hvalfjordur by Icelandic director Gudmundur Arnar Gumunsson and 37°4 S by Italy’s Adriano Valerio.

The Caméra d’or award has gone to Anthony Chen for Ilo Ilo. After receiving the award from Agnès Varda and Zhang Ziyi, the award-winner said: “It is a great honour to receive this award from the hands of one of cinema’s greatest directors and one of its greatest actresses. It is also a great honour for my country because this is the first time Singapore has received an award. I would like to thank the incredible team who worked on this film for three years. Thank you.”

The Award for Best Actor went to Bruce Dern for his role in  Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne. The award was handed over by the French actress, Laetitia Casta. Alexander Payne accepted the award on stage on Bruce Dern’s behalf, uttering the following words: “If Bruce Dern had been here tonight, he would have said that he was proud of his work in this film. He would have thanked the Jury and the public, and he would probably have thanked me, too. I share his feeling of pride about what we have achieved with this film, and I – like him – am also proud to have formed part of this Selection”.

The award for Best Actress has been given to Bérénice Bejo for Le Passé (The Past), directed by Asghar Farhadi. After receiving the award from Orlando Bloom, the actress said: “I really didn’t expect this. It’s silly to say that. I want to share this award with all the members of the team and in particular the technicians, whom I wish to thank. Asghar, I love you, I love you so much, I love this film so much. Everything I did in this film is thanks to you. I really didn’t expect this award. Thank you.”

The Prize for Best Screenplay has gone to Jia Zhangke, for Tian Zhu Ding (A Touch Of Sin). On receiving the award from the actress Asia Argento, the winner declared, “It’s a great honour. The cinema allows us to believe in life.”

The Jury Prize has been awarded to Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) by Kore-Eda Hirokazu. After receiving the prize from the Spanish actress Rossy De Palma, the award-winner said: “I would like to thank the Festival de Cannes and the members of the Jury who have allowed me to be here in front of you today. I would like to share this prize with my entire team, especially my actors. I would like to thank my parents who brought me into the world and my wife, who has made me the father of a little girl. Thank you.”

The Award for Best Director went to  Amat Escalante for Heli. After receiving his award from Forest Whitaker, the winner said: “I’d like to thank this Jury for making this brave decision. It is a sign of hope for Mexico. Hopefully our suffering will come to an end very soon.”


The Grand Prix was awarded to Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan and Joel Coen by Kim Novak, guest of honour at the Festival de Cannes. The prize was received by the lead actor, Oscar Issac, who was very moved to meet Kim Novak  on stage. He said that the Coen brothers had not been able to get back from New York, and he passed the microphone to the producer of the film, Olivier Courson. The president of Studio Canal said: “It was a great honour to accompany the Coen brothers in this first film in New York, for this first major role for Oscar Isaac,” before reassuring everyone that the cat in the film was doing fine.


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