2012 Cannes Film Festival

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1. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 86,236 | Gross: $6.74M

Palme d'Or

2. Reality (II) (2012)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone

Votes: 4,656 | Gross: $0.06M

Grand Prix

3. Post Tenebras Lux (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Nathalia Acevedo, Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Rut Reygadas, Eleazar Reygadas

Votes: 4,625 | Gross: $0.04M

Best Director:

4. Beyond the Hills (2012)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama

79 Metascore

The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga

Votes: 10,790 | Gross: $0.11M

Best Screenplay Best Actress

5. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 249,114 | Gross: $0.69M

Best Actor Vulcan Award Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

6. The Angels' Share (2012)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Roger Allam, Gary Maitland

Votes: 22,022 | Gross: $0.30M

Jury Prize

7. After Lucia (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Tessa Ia, Hernán Mendoza, Gonzalo Vega Jr., Tamara Yazbek

Votes: 5,675

Prix Un Certain Regard

8. Le grand soir (2012)

92 min | Comedy

The film tells the story of 2 brothers. One punk, one salesman. The salesman get laid off, and slowly becomes a punk like his brother.

Directors: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Albert Dupontel, Brigitte Fontaine, Areski Belkacem

Votes: 1,757

Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize Palm Dog Jury Grand Jury Prize

9. Children of Sarajevo (2012)

90 min | Drama

Siblings Rahima and Nedim are the Bosnian war orphans. She works as a restaurant chef and earns just enough money to survive.

Director: Aida Begic | Stars: Marija Pikic, Ismir Gagula, Bojan Navojec, Sanela Pepeljak

Votes: 588

Un Certain Regard Special Distinction

10. Our Children (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle fall in love. Like millions of other couples, Mounir and Murielle have children. But unlike them, they accept to give up their autonomy ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Lafosse | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Claire Bodson, Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim

Votes: 2,543

Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress

11. Laurence Anyways (2012)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A drama that charts ten years in a transgender woman's relationship with her lover.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuel Schwartz, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye

Votes: 15,919

Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress Queer Palm Award

12. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 77,986 | Gross: $12.80M

Caméra d'Or FIPRESCI Prize Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention Prix Regard Jeune

13. In the Fog (2012)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, History, War

78 Metascore

Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choice.

Director: Sergey Loznitsa | Stars: Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, Sergey Kolesov, Nikita Peremotov

Votes: 2,731 | Gross: $0.01M

FIPRESCI Prize

15. Sofia's Last Ambulance (2012)

75 min | Documentary

In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humour, relentlessly saving lives against all ... See full summary »

Director: Ilian Metev | Stars: Krassimir Yordanov, Mila Mikhailova, Plamen Slavkov

Votes: 349

France 4 Visionary Award

17. The Wild Ones (2012)

100 min | Drama

Three rebellious teens test their limits.

Director: Patricia Ferreira | Stars: Marina Comas, Àlex Monner, Albert Baró, Aina Clotet

Votes: 469

ACID/CCAS Prize

18. The Repentant (2012)

87 min | Crime, Drama

Thanks to the "civilian agreement" law, an Islamist is pardoned and reinstalled in society. He soon understands law doesn't erase the crimes he committed.

Director: Merzak Allouache | Stars: Nabil Asli, Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaïssa, Rokia Abdelali

Votes: 139

Europa Cinemas

19. Camille Rewinds (2012)

TV-14 | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Camille was only sixteen and still in high school when she fell in love with Eric, another student. They later married and a child and were happy for a while. But now twenty-five years have... See full summary »

Director: Noémie Lvovsky | Stars: Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Judith Chemla, India Hair

Votes: 2,496

Prix SACD

20. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 16,334 | Gross: $0.29M

Special mention Prix SACD

21. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 37,576

Prix de la Jeunesse

22. Horses of God (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Abdelhakim Rachi, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani

Votes: 1,527 | Gross: $0.00M

Prix François Chalais

23. Sightseers (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies

Votes: 25,217 | Gross: $0.04M

Palm Dog Jury



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