Date: 21st May 2001

La Stanza del figlio Wins Palme D'or

Stanza del figlio, La (2001) (The Son's Room) Italian director NANNI MORETTI's account of a family whose life is shattered by the death of a teenage son, has won the PALME D'OR at the Cannes Film Festival.

The GRAND PRIZE, the festival's second-highest honour, went to PIANO TEACHER, the (2001), Austrian director MICHAEL HANEKE's dark tale of a music instructor seduced by a student.

The Piano Teacher also took both acting awards, with ISABELLE HUPPERT winning best actress and BENOIT MAGIMEL winning best actor.

Best-director honours were split between JOEL COEN for his film- noir thriller MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, the (2001), co-written with his brother ETHAN, and DAVID LYNCH for his enigmatic Hollywood tale MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001).

The GOLDEN CAMERA award for first-time directors went to Canada's ZACHARIAS KUNUK for ATANARJUAT THE FAST RUNNER, the story of two Eskimo brothers who challenge the rule of an evil shaman. The screenplay award went to Bosnia's DANIS TANOVIC for the irreverent war satire NO MAN'S LAND, which he also directed.

The jury awarded a prize for technical achievements to TU DUU-CHIH, sound designer for two films in competition, MILLENNIUM MAMBO and WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? (NFA/WNWCAN)

Source: WENN