SHORT TAKES : David Lynch’s ‘Wild at Heart’ Wins Golden Palm at Cannes

From Times Wire Services

American director David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart,” a bloody, sexually explicit black comedy, won the the Golden Palm award today at the 43rd Cannes film festival, a decision which drew a mixture of boos and whoops of delight from the audience.

French actor Gerard Depardieu won the first Best Actor award of his career for his leading role in Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

The Best Actress award went to Krystyna Janda for “Przesluchanie” (“The Interrogation”) by Polish director Ryszard Bugajski.


Soviet director Pavel Lounguine won Best Director award for his first film, “Taxi Blues.”

British director Ken Loach won a special jury prize for “Hidden Agenda,” his controversial film about the troubles in Northern Ireland.

A second special jury prize for best artistic contribution went to Soviet director Gleb Panfilov for “Matj” (“The Mother”), his adaptation of a Maxim Gorky story.

Burkina Faso director Idrissa Ouedraogo’s film “Tilai” and Japanese director Kohei Oguri’s “Shi No Toge” (“The Sting of Death”) were both awarded a Grand Prix for most original work.

Lynch’s “Wild at Heart” competed with 18 other films for the Golden Palm. His works include the films “Eraserhead” and “Blue Velvet” and the current TV series “Twin Peaks.”