Cannes 2016: Ken Loach's Film 'I, Daniel Blake' Wins the Palme d'Or
by Alex Billington
May 23, 2016
Cannes once again makes a political statement - as they did with Dheepan last year and Winter Sleep (from Turkey) the year before. Winners of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes featuring Donald Sutherland and George Miller. The big winner is Ken Loach for his film I, Daniel Blake, about an aging man in the UK who struggles to get welfare because of a very broken system. This is the second Palme d'Or for Ken Loach, who won for The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006; he has also received four other awards in Cannes previously. A few of my other favorites, including The Red Turtle and Captain Fantastic, also won awards this year. See below.
Here's the full list of Cannes 2016 winners, with most of the key awards listed below, including Un Certain Regard. I'll get into my own commentary after the winners. Head to the official Cannes website for more.
Palme d'Or (Golden Palm):
I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach
Grand Prix (Runner Up):
It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) directed by Xavier Dolan
Cristian Mungiu for Graduation (Bacalaureat)
(tied with) Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper
American Honey directed by Andrea Arnold
Asghar Farhadi for The Salesman (Forushande)
Camera d'Or (First-Time Filmmaker):
The Transfiguration directed by Michael O'Shea
Best Lead Actor:
Shahab Hosseini in Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (Forushande)
Best Leading Actress:
Jaclyn Jose in Brillante Mendoza's Ma' Rosa
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Prize:
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki directed by Juho Kuosmanen
Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) directed by Kôji Fukada
Un Certain Regard Special Prize:
The Red Turtle directed by Michael Dudok de Wit
Best Directing Prize:
Matt Ross for Captain Fantastic
Best Screenplay Prize:
Delphine Coulin & Muriel Coulin for The Stopover (Voir du pays)
That's the full list for this year. While I'm happy with some of the winners, there are some that just seem very odd. Many are wondering what happened. For example, I love Xavier Dolan but his new film It's Only the End of the World isn't that great - how did it end up winning the Grand Prix? I am glad to see Farhadi's The Salesman taking home a few awards (read my review) as well as The Red Turtle, Captain Fantastic, and American Honey. However, American Honey should've been the Palme d'Or winner. Other better picks for Palme d'or: Elle by Paul Verhoeven or critics' favorite Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade. I also think Paterson from Jim Jarmusch should've won something, but I'll be raving about it the rest of the year. And as usual, the Best Director winner In Competition is usually my least favorite - I did not care for Personal Shopper.
This year's jury was lead by director George Miller and included: Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes, Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi, and Donald Sutherland. This will wrap up our 2016 coverage, another year at the Cannes Film Festival comes to an end with the awards.