Palme d'Or goes to Michael Haneke's 'Amour', a portrait of love and death

The coveted Palme d’Or went to Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke’s “Amour”, a sober, gorgeously directed portrait of an elderly couple facing terrifying questions of life and death. Some of the jury's other choices left people scratching their heads.

Palme of reason or Palme of passion?

One day before the big prizes are handed out, Cannes has a serious case of Palme fever. Will the jury go for the Palme of reason ("Amour"), the Palme of passion ("Holy Motors"), or something unexpected?

Amid Palme d'Or gossip, 'Holy Motors' steals 'On the Road' thunder

Speculation about what film could take home the top Palme d'Or prize raged at Cannes Wednesday, with Leos Carax's crazy, inspired "Holy Motors" seen as a frontrunner. Walter Salles's lovely "On the Road" drew mostly shrugs and scoffs.

Brad Pitt, chocolate fountains, and lesbian vampire warriors

In twelve hours on the Croisette, a party with dancing film critics and a chocolate fountain, a blunt crime thriller starring Brad Pitt, and a look at some of the more absurd films being shopped around the sprawling Cannes Market.

At Cannes, cinema without borders and an ‘Indian Brigitte Bardot’

With an Iranian film set in Japan, a Korean film starring French actress Isabelle Huppert, and the "Indian Brigitte Bardot" wheeling and dealing on the Croisette, Cannes this year suggest the borderless, globalized nature of cinema today.

Festival director and feminists lock horns as Cannes prepares for take-off

Critics are drooling over screening schedules, star gazers have camped out across from the red carpet, French feminists are fighting with festival organiser Thierry Fremaux...and things haven't even kicked off yet. Welcome to Cannes!

Big names, hip casts, and hot topics outside main Cannes line-up

Big-name directors, hotshot up-and-comers, a hipster duo in period garb, and movies about terrorism, cross-dressers, and the seedy underworld of the Indian film's a peek at the juiciest-looking movies outside the main competition.

Algeria, 50 years on: No commemoration here

The Algerian War is one of those historical episodes that everyone seems to talk about in France – but only in a way that skims the surface. France and Algeria are at pains to come to grips with a painful shared history.