Love Scooped Top Prize At The Cannes Film Festival

CANNES: "Love", the abstraction account of an aged man caring for his dying wife, biconcave top award-winning at the Cannes Blur Anniversary on Sunday, handing a additional Palme d'Or to Austria's Michael Haneke.

The board headed by Italian administrator Nanni Moretti appear the champ amid the 22 films in the awards chase at a star-studded bright in the French Riviera burghal that captivated up a 12-day apple cinema marathon.

Haneke's duo of octogenarian French actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, bowled Cannes over in the account of two retired music agents whose adherent accord is activated aback she suffers a stroke.

Both actors climbed on date to acquire the accolade with Haneke, who committed it to the abounding bodies complex in the blur -- and to his wife of 30 years.

"This blur is an analogy of the affiance we fabricated to anniversary other, if either one of us finds ourselves in the bearings that is declared in the film," the 70-year-old administrator told the audience.

Hands-down favourite to win, the French-language "Love" apparent a adventure into tender, affectionate area for a administrator bigger accepted for advertisement the air-conditioned secrets of the soul.

The Austrian took the Palme d'Or three years ago for a actual altered work, "The White Ribbon" a black-and-white abstraction of acerbity in a German apple on the eve of Apple War I, which some saw as a apologue on the roots of Nazi savagery.

He joins a awful baddest club of backstab laureates, including US administrator Francis Ford Coppola, Denmark's Bille August, Serbia's Emir Kusturica, Japan's Shohei Imamura and the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Cannes' best amateur accolade went to Danish heart-throb Mads Mikkelsen, afire as a man falsely accused of molesting a adolescent in the cerebral abstruseness "The Hunt".

Best accepted to all-embracing audiences as Le Chiffre in 2006's the James Bond aftereffect "Casino Royale", Mikkelsen committed his award-winning to administrator Thomas Vinterberg, aback in Cannes 14 years afterwards the incest ball "Festen."

Two Romanian actresses, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, aggregate the best extra award-winning for their roles in Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills", about a adolescent nun and her acquaintance who avalanche victim to baleful "exorcism".

Mungiu, who additionally won this year's cine prize, captured the Palme d'Or in 2007 for the Communist-era aborticide ball "4 Years, 3 Months and 2 Days".

Mexican Carlos Reygadas took best administrator award-winning for the abstract ancestors ball "Post Tenebras Lux", whose Latin appellation agency "after darkness, light" and derives from the biblical Book of Job.

The festival's runner-up award-winning went to "Reality", an Italian tragicomedy starring a confined above mafia hitman as a man apprenticed mad by a adventure to become a absoluteness TV star, directed by Matteo Garrone.

And Cannes adept Ken Loach took the third abode Board Award-winning for his apricot ball "The Angel's Share", about a adolescent blackmailer who discovers a aptitude for whisky-tasting.

The 75-year-old, who took the Palme in 2006 for "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" about Ireland's ability struggle, was aback in Cannes this year with a blur in antagonism for a almanac 11th time.

The Cannes chase was advanced accessible until the aftermost moment of the festival, which saw A-listers from Nicole Kidman to "Twilight" heart-throb Robert Pattinson and his on- and off-screen accomplice Kristen Stewart stride its acclaimed red carpet.

US administrator Jeff Nichols fabricated a last-minute burst with his Mississippi-set coming-of-age ball "Mud", about two adolescent boys and a avoiding looking for accurate love, which premiered to admiring acclaim on Saturday.

French administrator Leos Carax got tongues wagging with the mind-bendingly beginning "Holy Motors" about a man who block actor-like from one character to another.

And Frenchman Jacques Audiard fabricated a able consequence with "Rust and Bone", starring Marion Cotillard as a killer-whale trainer who loses both legs to a adverse accident.

From Australian Andrew Dominik, "Killing Them Softly" told of a mob syndicate up adjoin bread-and-butter adamantine times, with a accommodating hitman played by Brad Pitt, brilliant of aftermost year's Palme champ "The Tree of Life" by Terrence Malick.

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