Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Archives: Jacques Audiard Tops Screen's Jury Grid 2009

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Archives: Jacques Audiard Tops Screen's Jury Grid 2009

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Screen's jury of international critics has long been a strong diviner as to what will win the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2009 was no different.

Topping the grid was Jacques Audiard's crime drama A Prophet, starring then newcomer Tahar Rahim, which scored an impressive 3.4 out of 4 and went on to win to the festival's Grand Prix.

The winner of the coveted Palme d'Or was Michael Haneke's chilling pre-war drama The White Ribbon, which came a close joint second on the grid with 3.3 alongside Jane Campion's period romance Bright Star.

While the Palme d'Or alluded Audiard in 2009, the French filmmaker returned in 2015 with Dheepan and picked up the festival's top prize.

The 2009 line-up also featured a divisively generous portion of violence courtesy of Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds, which scored 2.4 on the jury chart and won the best actor award for Christoph Waltz.

Lars Von Trier provided his habitual dose of controversy via Antichrist – the first of his so-called "Depression Trilogy" - but only secured a score of 1.6 from the critics. The jury was equally unimpressed with Gaspar Noe's provocative Enter the Void, which also scored 1. …

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