The runner-up Grand Prix went to one of the most popular films with the critics, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, about a struggling folk singer in 1960s New York.
The Japanese film, Like Father Like Son, by Hirokazu Kore-Eda, took the third-placed Jury Prize, as chosen by the panel chaired by Steven Spielberg.
Mexico’s Amat Escalante was voted the best director, for Heli, a story of young love set against the violence of the country’s drug underworld. China’s Jia Zhangke won the best screenplay prize for A Touch of Sin.
Anthony Chen, from Singapore, won the Camera d’Or prize for the best first film screening in any of the curated selections at Cannes — for Ilo Ilo, about the affect a Filipina maid has on the family she works for, which was shown as part of Director’s Fortnight. With awards for film-makers from China, Japan and Singapore, South Korea’s Moon Byoung-on rounds off a good year for far eastern cinema, winning the best short film prize, for Safe.