Two films that were mostly savaged by critics at the Cannes Film Festival nevertheless earned their stars awards for their performances. Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won the prize for best actor for his role as a brilliantly mad, Jew-hunting Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's World War II thriller Inglourious Basterds . And Charlotte Gainsbourg received the best actress honor for his performance in Lars von Trier's Antichrist , which the London Telegraph described as "the most shocking film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival." Likewise the winner of the director award went to Philippine filmmaker Brilliante Mendoza, whose movie Kinatay was described by the New York Times as a "grisly, widely loathed shocker." The second-place award for best film, called the Grand Prix, went to French director Jacques Audiard's A Prophet, while the third-place award, called the Jury Prize, went to two films, Fish Tank, from Britain's Andrea Arnold, and Thirst , from South Korea's Park Chan-Wook. Both blood-soaked films had received mostly negative reviews. (The BBC observed Sunday that critics attending the festival "needed a stomach made of tungsten steel to watch some of the violent competition films.") Samson and Delilah , from the indigenous Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton about two troubled Aboriginal teens in the Outback, won the Camera d'Or for first-time directors. And China's Feng Mei received the Best Screenplay award for Spring Fever , which had also been widely disparaged by critics.

25/05/2009