The Thai movie “Lung Boonmee Raluek
Chat” was the surprise winner of the top award at the Cannes
Film Festival, the world’s leading cinema competition.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Palme d’Or
winner -- whose title translates as “Uncle Boonmee Who Can
Recall His Past Lives” -- is about a man who is dying of kidney
failure in the country and is joined by the ghost of his dead
wife and by his missing son.
The prize for best director went to Mathieu Amalric for
“Tournee” (“On Tour”), which portrayed a team of fleshy neo-
burlesque dancers on the road in France.
Juliette Binoche won the best actress award for her role in
“Certified Copy” by the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.