Although Kornel Mundruczo’s White God took the main prize, David Gulpilil took the acting gong for his part in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country. 19 features played in Un Certain Regard, although Ryan Gosling’s Lost River was so universally hated by critics one wonders whether selectors actually bothered to watch it or just stopped at “directed by”. It was called among other things “studenty” which was probably an insult to the previous day’s Cinefondation winners.
The Un Certain Regard jurors gave the Jury Prize to Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure. Opening film Party Girl, from Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, picked up an award for ensemble cast.
The jury awarded a special prize to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s The Salt of the Earth. Critics’ organisation FIPRESCI announced Lisandro Alonso ‘s Jauja as the winner of its Un Certain Regard award.