Thai film takes Cannes top prize
Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Sunday took the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes film festival with a surreal and hypnotic meditation on reincarnation set in the jungle.
Spanish actor Javier Bardem and Italy's Elio Germano shared the best actor award and France's Juliette Binoche won the best actress prize for her role as an unhappy art dealer in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's film "Certified Copy".
The 39-year-old Apichatpong's "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" sees a lost son return as a monkey ghost, a disfigured princess have sex with a catfish and a dead wife return to guide her husband into the afterlife.
Apichatpong said after receiving the award from festival jury president Tim Burton that he wanted to thank "the spirits in Thailand that surrounded us" while making the film.
Winning the top prize was "like another world for me ... this is surreal," he said at the awards festival.
The director earlier this week denounced his country's tough censorship rules. He told reporters there that "Uncle Boonmee" was a parable "on a cinema that's also dying or dead."
© 2010 AFP