I, DANIEL BLAKE by British filmmaker Ken Loach, won the 2016 Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ken Loach enters the elite circle of two-time Palme d’or winners, having already won the award for The Wind That Shakes The Barley in 2006.
In I, DANIEL BLAKE, Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life.
He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away.
Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.
JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE (It’s Only the End of the World) by Xavier DOLAN is the winner of the Grand Prix award.
After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fueled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.
The complete list of winners of 2016 Cannes Film Festival
I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken LOACH
JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE (It’s Only the End of the World) by Xavier DOLAN
Award for Best Director Ex-Aequo
Cristian MUNGIU for BACALAUREAT (Graduation)
Olivier ASSAYAS for PERSONAL SHOPPER
Award for Best Screenplay
Asghar FARHADI for FORUSHANDE (The Salesman)
AMERICAN HONEY by Andrea ARNOLD
Award for Best Actress
Jaclyn JOSE in MA’ ROSA by Brillante MENDOZA
Award for Best Actor
Shahab HOSSEINI in FORUSHANDE (The Salesman) by Asghar FARHADI
TIMECODE by Juanjo GIMENEZ
A MOÇA QUE DANÇOU COM O DIABO (The Girl Who Danced With the Devil) by João Paulo MIRANDA MARIA
DIVINES by Houda BENYAMINA presented during The Directors’ Fortnight
The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to:
SEONG-HIE RYU, for the artistic direction, with great inspiration, for the film MADEMOISELLE (The Handmaiden/Agassi) by PARK Chan-Wook.
Image: The Jury and the Winners of the 69th Festival of Cannes © Antonin Thuillier / AFP via Cannes Film Festival