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2012 Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony: A Complete Look

Posted Sunday May 27, 2012 4:50 PM GMT

Bringing an end to the French Riviera festivities amidst thunder, lightning and heavy rain, the Closing Ceremony of the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival took place on Sunday evening (May 27).

With Audrey Tautou and her castmates offering up the final premiere by showing their film titled "Therese Desqueyroux" , stars such as Jean Dujardin, Andie MacDowell, Megan Gale, Alec Baldwin, Sonam Kapoor and Kylie Minogue glitzed up the Palais des Festivals red carpet screening before moving on to the awards presentation spectacle.

At the closing ceremony, big names like Berenice Bejo and Alec Baldwin joined jury members including Diane Kruger, Jean-Paul Gautier, Alexander Payne and Ewan McGregor in saluting the best films to be shown over the course of the twelve-day festival.

Taking home the top prize was Austrian director Michael Haneke - as he garnered his second Palme d’Or thanks to his latest masterpiece titled "Love” (Amour), with the motion picture telling the tale of "an elderly couple facing the inescapable, yet no less tragic march of death."

Upoon accepting his Palme d'Or trophy, Mr Haneke received a rowdy ovation as he told the packed audience, “A very, very big thanks to my actors who have made this film. It’s their film. They are the essence of this film."

With pictures from the Cannes Film Festival closing day found below, the complete list of winners at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival is as follows:

Directors Fortnight:

ART CINEMA AWARD 2012
No (Pablo Larrain, Chile, U.S., Mexico)

EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL 2012 for best European film in Directors' Fortnight
The Repentant (Merzak Allouache, Algeria, France)

SACD PRIZE 2012 for best French-language film in Directors' Fortnight
Camille Rewinds (Noemi Lvovsky, France)

Un Certain Regard:

PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD
Después De Lucia by Michel Franco

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Le Grand Soir by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern

UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Suzanne Clèment for her performance in Laurence Anyways directed by Xavier Dolan

UN CERTAIN REGARD AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Emilie Dequenne for her performance in À Perdre La Raison directed by Joachim LaFosse

SPECIAL DISTINCTION OF THE JURY
Djeca (Children of Sarajevo) by Aida Begic

Enjoy the pictures from the Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony (May 27).

Photo Credit: Getty Images