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2006 Cannes Film Festival Awards

Ken Loach's Irish Civil War Drama Wins Top Cannes Prize


2006 Cannes Film Festival Awards

Penelope Cruz in Pedro Almodovar's "Volver"

Updated May 28, 2006
The Wind That Shakes The Barley, a drama about the Irish civil war, received the Cannes film festival's top honor, the Palme d'Or, at the ceremony tonight. Ken Loach, the esteemed 69-year-old English filmmaker who has had eight films in competition at Cannes, called the award a "triumph for political cinema." The Grand Prize was given to Bruno Dumont's Flandres.

The Wind That Shakes The Barley tells the story of two brothers (Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delany) in 1920's Ireland who join in the struggle for independence against Britain and the dread Black and Tans military forces. Wong Kar Wai, president of the nine-member jury that included Zhang Ziyi and Monica Belluchi, said the decision was unanimous.

Pedro Almodovar's Volver, a popular favorite and critical darling, was awarded two prizes. Almodovar received the Screenwriter Award, and the Best Actress prize went to the entire cast of women in the movie: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Chus Lampreave, Yohana Cobo and Blanca Portillo. The film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics on October 20, 2006.

The Complete List of 2006 Cannes Film Festival Winners:

-Palme d'Or: The Wind That Shakes The Barley by Ken Loach
-Grand Prix (runner-up): Flanders by Bruno Dumont
-Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel
-Best Screenplay: Pedro Almodovar for Volver
-Camera d'Or (For best first feature): 12:08 East of Bucharest by Corneliu Porumbolu
-Prix du Jury (Jury Prize): Red Road by Andrea Arnold
-Best Actress: Ensemble female cast of Volver(Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave)
-Best Actor: Ensemble male cast of Indigenes (Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Bernard Blancan)
-Short Film: Palme d'Or (short film): Sniffer by Bobby Peers

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