Thai film wins top honour at Cannes
Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives has been awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, while there were acting honours for Juliette Binoche and Javier Bardem.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's film, about a dying man's journey of discovery, beat entries from British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach to the coveted prize.
French actress Juliette won the Best Actress award for her role in Certified Copy, her second collaboration with Abbas Kiarostami, while Spanish actor Javier shared the Best Actor prize with Elio Germano of Italy.
Tim Burton, head of the festival's jury, described the Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives as "beautiful" and praised the festival for highlighting unusual projects.
He said: "One of the things I love about the festival is seeing things you don't usually see.
"The world is getting smaller and more westernised, more Hollywood-ised and this is a film for me where I felt I was watching from another country, from another perspective, using some fantasy elements but in a way I'd never seen before so I just felt it was like a beautiful strange dream that you don't see very often."
Weerasethakul's film, featuring amateur actors alongside more established performers, sees the title character visited by the ghost of his dead wife and by his long-lost son, returned to him in ape form.
Of Gods And Men, a tale of French monks who become entangled with Muslim fundamentalists in Algeria, took the Grand Prix and the Best Director award went to ex-Bond villain Mathieu Amalric, whose film Tournee followed American burlesque dancers on a tour of France.