Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d'Or effect
Time Out explores the fortunes of the past decade’s Palme d'Or winners
He won the Palme d’Or for the second time with ‘Amour’, just three years after his first garland in 2009. After directing his first film age 46, Michael Haneke has built a reputation as one of the most important auteurs working today, in part with a string of big Cannes wins. He took home the Grand Prix for ‘The Piano Teacher’ (2001) and best director with ‘Hidden’ (2005), but the Palme d’Or eluded him until ‘The White Ribbon’.
Shot in black and white, and chronicling village life in the run-up to World War I, this was arguably a less accessible film than ‘Hidden’ – a contemporary story starring two of France’s leading actors. The fact that it attained similar crossover box office success ($19.3 million compared to $16.2 million for ‘Hidden’) may have something to do with the high profile win. ‘The White Ribbon’ also earned Haneke his first Oscar nomination.