CANNES 2016 – A Reflection


Well, that’s it. The films have been unveiled, the awards given out, and now the red carpet is being rolled up. Many veterans of the festival proclaimed this to be the strongest line-up in a number of years, but for this mere novice it appeared to be fairly average.

Last night, George Miller and his Jury handed out the Palme d’Or and other respective prizes to the films playing in competition that most impressed them: walking away with the top prize was Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (main image), while Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only The End Of The World was awarded the Grand Prix, and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey has taken home the Jury Prize. Cristian Mungiu and Olivier Assayas, the minds behind Graduation and Personal Shopper, shared the best director gong.

From our perspective, the one thing these awards truly failed to do was recognise the strong female presence in this year’s Competition: the likes of Toni Erdmann, director Maren Ade’s delightful dramedy that was, without doubt, the critical favourite at this year’s Cannes, leaving the Croisette empty handed.

For a complete rundown of this year’s winners, jump to the end of this article, but beforehand, why not check out our own list of top 5 films that played in the Palais this year. Until next time, au revoir.

#1 My Life As A Courgette


The film that achieved more in its 66 minute runtime than most of the competition entries could in 2-and-a-half-hours; a simple but stunning stop-motion animation that intrinsically balances humour and heartache. A masterpiece!

#2 Toni Erdmann


Maren Ade’s magnificent tale of fathers and daughters that singlehandedly proved that the Germans do have a sense of humour. It’s beautifully heartfelt, and so funny it could cure terminal disease.

#3 Personal Shopper


It may have been the first film to receive a round of boos when it played to critics, but it’s a film that deserves to be applauded; a psychologically potent drama that’s propelled by a perfect Kristen Stewart, who proves herself to be a triumph of the silver screen.

#4 Paterson


Jim Jarmusch’s parable of a bus driver who uses his skills as a poet to escape the mundanity of modern life beautifully underlined the importance of personal expression; it was pure poetry in motion

#5 The Nice Guys


Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe proved nice guys can still be winners, even if they finish last. Shane Black plays with the same tone and style of his seminal noir masterpiece Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, blending kinetic action sequences with witty wisecracking; a winning combination!

Cannes 2016: Award Winners

Palme d’Or: Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
Grand Prix: Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End of the World
Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, Ma Rosa

Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman

Best Director: Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper & Cristian Mungiu, Graduation
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman
Camera d’Or: Divines, Houda Benyamin

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