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Son of Saul — Palme d’Or
In a timid competition crop, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes‘ stylistic tour de force of a feature-length debut, set in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, stood out as a visceral and vivid viewing experience.
The Lobster — Grand Prize (2nd place)
Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos‘ futuristic fable (starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz) — about a world where people must couple up or be turned into animals — was hilarious and haunting.
Carol — Jury Prize (3rd place)
Todd Haynes‘ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith‘s novel about a lesbian love affair in the ‘50s was a work of beauty and intelligence, boosted by first-rate performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Tim Roth, Chronic — Best Actor
Playing a terminal-illness home-care nurse in Michel Franco‘s drama, the actor loses himself in the punishing life of a man whose dedication to his job stems directly from the scars of personal devastation.
Zhao Tao, Mountains May Depart — Best Actress
In Jia Zhangke‘s era-spanning meditation on Chinese identity, the director’s wife delivers a gorgeous performance of grace and emotional transparency.
Zhao Tao in ‘Mountains May Depart’
Paolo Sorrentino, Youth — Best Director
The Italian director’s exploration of art and aging (starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel) becomes a sustained torrent of ravishing images and sensory pleasures.
Phyllis Nagy, Carol — Best Screenplay
Nagy’s smart script retains the essential dynamics of Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, while making purposeful tweaks to its story of transgressive love.
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