Hot News: A Thai Movie Wins Palme d’Or at 63rd Cannes Film Festival
The 63rd Cannes Film Festival was found to be surprising with the Palme d’Or going to "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" from the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. On accepting the award Mr. Weerasethakul (who goes by Joe) said in English that "this is like another world for me," and noted that "Uncle Boonmee" is the first Thai film to win the Palme. "I would really like to kiss all of you," he said to the jury, telling Mr. Burton that he liked his hairstyle. Mr. Weerasethakul thanked "all the spirits and ghosts in Thailand," who made it "possible for me to be here."
The second place, went to Xavier Beauvois’s "Of Gods and Men," a quiet, touching French drama, loosely based on actual events, about Cistercian monks imperiled by Muslim fundamentalists as civil war begins sweeping across Algeria in the 1990s. The Jury Prize went to "A Screaming Man," another film set against civil war, this one directed by the Chadian-born director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.