- RNC ‘autopsy’ authors: ‘Tremendous progress’ from a year ago
- Gun control groups turn to private sector to push crackdowns
- Study to test ‘chocolate’ pills for heart health
- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested for DWI
- Obama, Abbas to meet Monday morning regarding peace talks
- Guinness quits New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay march prohibition
- RNC goes on offensive with ad buys in 14 targeted states
- Saudi Arabia bans 50 ‘blasphemous’ baby names — like Benjamin
- Jack Daniel’s up in arms at Tenn. push to ‘weaken’ whiskey label
- Sen. Murphy: Putin ‘making this up as we go along’
Haneke’s ‘Amour’ wins top prize at Cannes
CANNES, France (AP) — Michael Haneke won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize for a second time Sunday with "Amour," his stark film about love and death.
The Austrian director's powerful and understated movie stars two French acting icons — 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva and 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant — as an elderly couple coping with the wife's worsening health.
Mr. Haneke previously won Cannes' top prize in 2009 for "The White Ribbon."
The festival jury awarded the second-place Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone's Italian satire "Reality," the story of a Naples fishmonger obsessed with reality TV, while Ken Loach's whiskey-tasting comedy "The Angels' Share" won the third-place Jury Prize.
Mr. Loach said the prize for his film about the struggles of a group of unemployed Glasgow youth proved that "cinema is not just an entertainment. It shows us who we are."
Carlos Reygadas was named best director for his surrealism-tinged story of a Mexican family, "Post Tenebras Lux."
Acting prizes went to Mads Mikkelsen as a man ostracized by his small-town community when he is accused of child abuse in "The Hunt," and jointly to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for the Romanian movie "Beyond the Hills."
Cristian Mungiu's drama of love and faith in a remote Romanian monastery also won the award for best screenplay.
Benh Zeitli's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" won the Camera d'Or for best first film.
The festival is wrapping up Sunday in the French Riviera resort.
The prize winners were chosen by a jury, led by Italian director Nanni Moretti, that included actors Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger, director Alexander Payne and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The 12-day festival has seen plenty of glamour, with the likes of Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart appearing both on screen and on the red carpet.
But in the movies, weighty themes dominated at an event, French Riviera froth of which was subdued by several days of unseasonable rain and cold.
TWT Video Picks
By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
- CURL: We overhauled U.S. health care to insure 4.2 million people?
- California gun store owner refuses to hand over customer list
- Bill Maher: God a 'psychotic mass murderer' who 'drowns babies'
- Guinness quits New York's St. Patrick's Day parade over gay march prohibition
- Crimea votes in favor of secession; U.S. rejects
- Obama makes play for Obamacare in March Madness-themed ad
- Firefighters discover church's Bible in Harlem rubble following gas explosion
- Ron Paul: 'Washington does not care about our privacy'
- McCaul offers scenario where missing Malaysian jet lands in hostile country to be use as missile
- College group's diversity event canceled after excluding white people
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014