Unfortunately, not the Palme d'Or, but Warwick Thornton took the Camera d'Or prize for his debut film Samson and Delilah at the recently-concluded Cannes Film Festival.
Aboriginal director Warwick Thornton's powerful Samson and Delilah, tale of troubled young love in Alice Springs, was today awarded the prize for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival.
"Thank you for believing in our first-born baby," Thornton said as he accepted the award. "I don't don't know what to say. Viva Cannes, viva le cinema."
Samson and Delilah competed against 25 other films dotted around all the festival's sections to win the prize known as the Camera d'Or.
It was a popular win among the world's film press, among whom word-of-mouth over the course of the festival had taken the film from obscurity to the prize's top contender.
I obviously can't say whether he truly deserved it since I haven't seen any of the competing films (and probably won't ever get the chance, unfortunately), but the movie is a stunner and it's great to see it doing so well internationally. It has been steam-rolling through the arthouse scene down here and hopefully this means it gets further exposure. Congratulations Warwick. Viva le cinema, indeed.
EDIT: I just saw that in it's third week in release S4D has moved up to #8 on the chart and has increased it's box office takings for the second week in a row. It'll hit $1mil next week hopefully, which is an extraordinary result for a tragic indigenous-themed movie with barely any dialogue. Well done.