the Palme d'Or, the most sought-after of the seven prizes picked by the jury.
"We listened to our hearts," commented jury chair, box-office giant Steven Spielberg.
This year's jury was made up of France's Daniel Auteuil, India's Vidya Balan, Japanese writer/director Naomi Kawase, Australian Nicole Kidman, Taiwanese director Ang Lee, Romanian writer/director Cristian Mungiu, British director Lynne Ramsay and Austrian Christoph Waltz.
Since Michael Haneke's The Pianist won three prizes in 2001 prizes are rationed to one per film, apart from the prize of best screenplay and the jury's prize for best actor.
French actress Audrey Tautou opened the closing ceremony, paying tribute to the "sovereign subjectivity" of the jury.
- Ilo Ilo by Singaporean director Anthony Chen won the Caméra d'Or;
- Bruce Dern won the best actor award;
- Bérénice Bejo won best actress;
- Jia Zhangke won best screenplay for A Touch of Sin;
- Like Father, Like Son by Hirokazu Koreeda won the jury prize;
- Amat Escalante won best director for Heli;
- The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis won the Grand Prix, presented by Kim Novack at Cannes for the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, in which she starred with James Stewart;
- Léa Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos and Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d'Or, presented by "la magnifique" Uma Thurman, as Audrey Tatou described her, for La vie d’Adèle (Blue is the warmest colour).
On a day that saw an anti-gay marriage protest in Paris, Kechiche paid tribute to the "Tunisian revolution" and "the right to love freely" in his acceptance speech.