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'Barley' Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes
29 May 2006 :

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Ken Loach’s Irish civil war drama ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ has won the top Palme d’Or award at the 59th Cannes Film Festival in France.

Set in 1920’s Ireland, the film tracks the Flying Columns’ struggle against the British Black and Tans and the subsequent Irish Civil War

following the 1922 treaty. The €6.5million feature is toplined by Irish actors Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Padraic Delaney and Orla Fitzgerald and was shot on location in Cork during 2005.

Written by Paul Laverty, 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' is the 8th film from director Ken Loach competing at the festival. In his acceptance speech Loach said: "This is a grand honour. Our film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history. Maybe if we tell the truth about the past we can tell the truth about the present."

The 2006 Jury, headed by Wong Kar-wai, said the decision to award Loach his first Palme d’Or was unanimous. Jury member, British actress Helena Bonham-Carter, said the film had "hit us all profoundly."

‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ is an Irish-UK-Italian-German-Spanish co-production. Produced Rebecca O'Brien of UK company Sixteen Films and Dublin based Element Films. The film is released in Irish cinemas on the 23rd of June through Pathe.

‘Volver’ the latest film from Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar was given two awards at the prize giving on Sunday night; one for female acting and another for Almodovar’s screenplay. Best Director honours went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his Brat Pitt starrer 'Babel'. British helmer Andrea Arnold won the Jury Prize at the festival for her film 'Red Road' and French director Bruno Dumont won the Grand Prize for his film 'Flanders'.

The Camera d'Or, awarded to the best first film throughout the main competition and sidebars combined, went to Romanian director Corneliu Porumbiou's ‘12h08 East Of Bucharest’.

Full List of Winners:

INTL.COMPETITION JURY AWARDS

PALME D'OR
‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’ (dir. Ken Loach, Ireland-U.K.-Germany-Italy-Spain).
GRAND PRIX
‘Flanders’ (Bruno Dumont, France).
SCREENPLAY
Pedro Almodovar (‘Volver,’ Spain).
DIRECTOR
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (‘Babel,’ U.S.).
ACTOR
‘the brotherhood of actors of 'Days of Glory'‘ -- Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan (Rachid Bouchareb, France-Morocco-Algeria-Belgium).
ACTRESS
‘the family of actresses of 'Volver'‘ -- Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave.

JURY PRIZE

‘Red Road’ (Andrea Arnold, U.K.-Denmark).

SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS

PALME D'OR
‘Sniffer’ (Bobbie Peers, Norway).
JURY PRIZE
‘First Snow’ (Pablo Aguero, France-Argentina).
SPECIAL MENTION
‘Conte de quartier’ (Florence Miailhe, France-Canada).

UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY AWARDS

GRAND PRIX
‘Luxury Car’ (Wang Chao, China-France).
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
‘Ten Canoes’ (Rolf de Heer, Australia).
ACTRESS
Dorotheea Petre (‘How I Spent the End of the World,’ Romania-France).
ACTOR
Don Angel Tavira (‘The Violin,’ Mexico).

JURY PRESIDENT'S AWARD

‘Murderers’ (Patrick Grandperret, France)

CAMERA D'OR JURY AWARD

‘12:08 East of Bucharest’ (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania).

CINEFONDATION JURY AWARDS

FIRST PRIZE
‘Ge & Zeta’ (Gustavo Riet, Argentina).
SECOND PRIZE
‘Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker’ (Stefan Mueller, Germany).
THIRD PRIZE (ex aequo)
‘Mother’ (Sian Heder, U.S.), ‘The Virus’ (Agnes Kocsis, Hungary).

OTHER JURY AWARDS

Fipresci (intl. critics' assn.) Awards
Competition -- ‘Climates’ (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-France)
Un Certain Regard -- ‘Paraguayan Hammock’ (Paz Encina, France-Argentina-Netherlands-Paraguay-Spain)
Directors' Fortnight -- ‘Bug’ (William Friedkin, U.S.).
Commission Superieure Technique de l'Image et du Son Award
Stephen Mirrione (editor, ‘Babel,’ U.S.).




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