Haneke's 'The White Ribbon' wins Cannes top prize

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">German actress Diane Kruger poses at a photo call for the film &#34;Inglourious Basterds,&#34; during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Matt Sayles&#41;</span></div>
May 24, 2009 11:47:52 AM PDT
Austrian director Michael Haneke's somber drama "The White Ribbon" has claimed the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Haneke won the festival's Palme d'Or for his gorgeously photographed black-and-white tale that examines themes of communal guilt, distrust and punishment among residents of a small German town besieged by tragedies and strange occurrences as World War I approaches.

The second-place grand prize went to French director Jacques Audiard's prison drama "A Prophet."

The acting awards went to Charlotte Gainsbourg for Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" and Christoph Waltz for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."

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