Austria's Haneke picks up French prize at Cannes

25th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Haneke's chilling black-and-white portrait of a Protestant German village on the eve of World War I has been widely acclaimed by critics and was a front-runner among the 20 films in competition for the top Cannes trophy.

Cannes -- Austrian director Michael Haneke's pre-Nazi drama "The White Ribbon" picked up a French prize at Cannes on Sunday as the jury deliberated on the winner of the festival's coveted Palme d'Or.

Haneke's chilling black-and-white portrait of a Protestant German village on the eve of World War I has been widely acclaimed by critics and was a front-runner among the 20 films in competition for the top Cannes trophy.

"The White Ribbon," a study of malice at work in the village, won France's Education Ministry prize, meaning it will be pointed out to teachers across the country as a work worth studying in the classroom.

On Saturday, Palme contender Ken Loach too scored an early goal for his football flick "Looking for Eric," scooping the Ecumenical Jury Prize.

Starring temperamental football legend Eric Cantona, the British director's feel-good film shows the former Manchester United star appearing like a vision to mentor a depressed postman struggling with life and unruly teenage stepsons.

AFP/Expatica

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