Cannes film festival's top prize handed out

Cannes film festival's top prize handed out
Posted at 3:04 PM, May 22, 2016

PARIS (AP) — Veteran British director Ken Loach has won his second Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for "I, Daniel Blake."

The award for the 79-year-old, the festival's top prize, was announced by actor Mel Gibson at the Sunday ceremony at the Palais des Festivals on the French Riviera.

Jury president George Miller described the jury's selection as "rigorous and happy."

"I, Daniel Blake" is a warmly realistic drama about a middle-aged widower in northern England who can neither work nor get government benefits after a heart attack. Loach previously also won the top award for "The Wind That Shakes The Barley."