The experimental director Laurent Cantet won the 61st Cannes Film Festival with his film The Class (pictured left).
Italy claimed two prizes: the Grand Prize for Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah and the Jury Prize for Paolo Sorrentino’s Il divo (The Deity).
The Best Screenplay Award went to Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne for Lorna’s Silence.
Best Director Award going to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for his Turkish/French/Italian feature Three Monkeys while the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Catherine Deneuve.
The Best Actor Award went to Benicio Del Toro for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Che and the Camera d’Or went to UK director/artist Steve McQueen’s debut feature Hunger.