Loach film takes Cannes jury prize while Haneke takes top

British film-maker Ken Loach has won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with his whisky-tasting comedy, The Angels’ Share.

After winning the prize – awarded to the third-placed film at the international movie showcase on the French Riviera – Loach said his film about the struggles of a group of unemployed Glasgow youths proved that cinema is “not just an entertainment – it shows us who we are”.

Austrian director Michael Haneke took the top prize, the Palme d’Or, for a second time with his stark film about love and death, Amour.

The film 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.

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.

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 ostracised by his small-town community when he is accused of child abuse in The Hunt, and jointly to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan for 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 tonight 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 whose French Riviera froth was subdued by several days of unseasonable rain and cold.

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