Apichatpong Weerasethakul, better known as just "Joe" in Thailand, pulled a surprise upset for the coveted Palme D'Or Award at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, which concluded last night. His film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is described as a dying man's meditation of his past lives and ghostly relatives, winning high points with this year's Jury, led by President and acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton. The film apparently contains a sex scene between a Princess and a Catfish. How original!
As predicted, Oscar winner Javier Bardem took home the award for Best Actor in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful, sharing the award with Italian actor Elio Germano in Daniele Luchetti's Our Life. Apparently Bardem's girlfriend Penélope Cruz was seen in tears after he thanked her in his Acceptance Speech.
Sometimes overlooked but definitely always outstanding, Juliette Binoche took home the award for Best Actress for her work in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy.
Canada was well-represented by budding young filmmaker/actor Xavier Dolan, who at 21 years-old won a Regards Jeunes Award for his film Heartbeats. The award is given to young filmmakers by a jury of seven young Cinephiles. He won the same award last year with his film J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), which was well-received also at TIFF last September. (Photo credit: Reuters)