Loach, Almodovar dominate Cannes awards night

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CANNES, France, May 28, 2006 (AFP) — Directors Ken Loach and Pedro Almodovar triumphed at Cannes late Sunday, earning top awards at the film festival's closing ceremony.

CANNES, France, May 28, 2006 (AFP) — Directors Ken Loach and Pedro Almodovar triumphed at Cannes late Sunday, earning top awards at the film festival's closing ceremony.

Here is a list of the prizes and their winners:

— Cannes's top prize, the Palme d'Or: 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' by British director Ken Loach.

— The runner—up prize, the Grand Prix: 'Flanders' by French director Bruno Dumont.

— The Jury Prize: 'Red Road' the first feature film by British director Andrea Arnold.

— Best Director: Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for 'Babel'.

— Best Screenplay: 'Volver', written and directed by Spain's Pedro Almodovar.

— Best Actress: awarded collectively to the female cast of 'Volver' led by Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura.

— Best Actor: awarded collectively to the male cast of 'Days of Glory', a film about North Africans fighting for colonial France in World War II. The actors were led by French Arab stars Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri and Sami Bouajila.

— Prize for best first feature film, the Camera d'Or: '12:08, East of Bucharest' by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu.

— Prize for best short film: 'Sniffer' by Norwegian director Bobbie Peers.

— Top prize in the sideline Un Certain Regard selection: 'Luxury Car' by Chinese director Wang Chao.

  This year's Cannes jury was headed up by Hong Kong Chinese director Wong Kar—Wai and comprised:

  • Monica Bellucci, actress, Italy
  • Helena Bonham Carter, actress, Britain
  • Samuel L. Jackson, actor, US
  • Patrice Leconte, director, France
  • Lucrecia Martel, director, Argentina
  • Tim Roth, actor, Britain
  • Elia Suleiman, director, Palestinian territories
  • Zhang Ziyi, actress, China

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