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>> Daniel Blake.>> The top prize at Cannes this year going to British director Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake. The film, a critique of the United Kingdom's welfare program, tells the story of a sick carpenter fighting bureaucracy in the National Healthcare System. Accepting the Palme d'Or from Mel Gibson, the 79-year-old Loach attacked what he called the dangerous project of austerity.
>> So we must give a message of hope. We must say another world is possible and necessary.>> It's Loach's second time winning the festival's highest prize, last claiming the honor a decade ago with The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Iran's Forushande, or The Salesman, won for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, Shahab Hosseini.
And the Grand Prix, actually the second most prestigious award at Cannes, going to Canada's Xavier Dolan for It's Only the End of the World, about a writer who tells his family he's dying. Notably missing from this year's winners list, Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart, which, despite a lot of pre-festival buzz, was booed in its premier.