Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric took top prize of the Ecumenical jury while special mention went to Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon.
Haneke’s film also got a nod from FIPRESCI, a body of international critics. FIPRESCI also honoured Corneliu Porumboiu’s Police, Adjective and Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka. The former was the jury prize winner in Un Certain Regard.
Looking For Eric, a Wild Bunch title starring football legend Eric Cantona, was warmly received in Cannes earlier in the week at its press and competition screenings. The Ecumenical jury said Eric was picked for “its grand artistic quality and its humouristic, optimistic and human approach to a contemporary society in the midst of crisis.”
The same jury caused something of a stir when it gave an ‘anti-award’ to Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist calling it “the most misogynist movie from the self-proclaimed biggest director in the world.”
Speaking to Agence France Presse, festival director Thierry Fremaux responded, that it was a “ridiculous decision that borders on a call for censorship, (it is) scandalous coming from an ‘ecumenical’ jury which what is more is headed by a film-maker.”
Radu Milhaileanu was president of the jury.