The Palme d'Or has been awarded to Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat
(Uncle Boonmee who can Recall his Past Lives
) by the Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Charlotte Gainsbourg, the lead actress of the closing film, The Tree
, made the presentation of the ultimate award. The winner declared: "This Palme is very important for the history of Thailand and the Thai people." He thanked, "the spirits and ghosts of Thailand," who allowed him to be where he was today, as well as his parents, who, 30 years ago took him to a small cinema.