CANNES, France (AP) — Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s class war comedy “Triangle of Sorrows” won the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. Making Ostrund one of the most prestigious awards in cinema for the second time.
Ostlund won the Palme d’Or in 2017 for his art scene “The Square,” a rare feat of taking home the top prize at Cannes for back-to-back films. “Triangle of Sorrow” furthers the irony with Woody Harrelson’s role as a Marxist yacht captain and a climactic scene with rampant vomiting.
“We wanted to go out together (for people) after the screening and have something to say,” Ostrund said. “We all agree that the unique thing about movies is that we watch them together. So we have to keep something to talk about, but we should also have fun and be entertained.”
The award was chosen by a nine-member jury led by French actor Vincent Lindon and presented at a closing ceremony on Saturday at the Grand Lumiere Theatre in Cannes.
Second Prize of the Jury, Grand Prix, by Belgian director Lukas Dhont The gentle youth drama “Close the Door”, About two 13-year-old boys whose relationship is tragically separated after their close relationship was ridiculed by their classmates; and French film legend Claire Denis’ Noon Star, starring Margaret Cooley Adapted by Dennis Johnson as a journalist in Nicaragua.
The director award went to South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (“Old Boy,” “The Handmaid”) for his twisty noir “Decided to Leave,” a romance with a police procedural twist.
South Korean star Song Kang-ho was named best actor for his performance in the Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda’s “The Agent,” about a South Korean family finding a home for an abandoned baby.
“I want to thank everyone who appreciates Korean films,” said Song, who starred in Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or winner “Parasite,” three years ago in Cannes.
Best Actress goes to Zar Amir Ebrahimi for her role as a reporter in Ali Abbasi’s Holy Spider, a film A true crime thriller about a serial killer of sex workers in the religious city of Mashhad in Iran. Violent and graphic, “Holy Spider” was not allowed to be filmed in Iran, but was made in Jordan. Accepting the award, Ebrahimi said the film depicts “everything that is impossible to show in Iran”.
The Jury Prize was split between Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen’s friendship tale “Eight Hills” and Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s “EO” about a donkey’s journey through unforgiving modern Europe.
“I want to thank my donkeys,” said Skolimovsky, who also named all six donkeys used in the film.
The jury also awarded a special prize at the 75th Cannes Film Festival to Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luke Darden, two Palme d’Or winners and long-time regular appearances at Cannes, their immigrant “Tori and Lokita”. Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh has won best screenplay at Cannes for his thriller “The Boy from Heaven,” set in Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque.
The Golden Camera Award for Best First Film went to Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for “War Pony,” a play about the Pine Ridge Reservation Produced in collaboration with the citizens of Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota.
Saturday’s closing ceremony wrapped up the Cannes Film Festival, which seeks to fully revive the annual French extravaganza 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic, and the audience was small last year. This year’s festival also unfolds against the backdrop of the Ukrainian war, That sparked protests on the red carpet and conversations about the purpose of wartime movies.
Last year, the French human horror thriller “Titans” won the top prize at Cannes. Making director Julia Decournau the second female director to win the Palme d’Or. Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” wins Cannes in 2019 before doing the same at the oscars.
Hollywood blockbusters at Cannes this year – “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Three Thousand Years of Yearning” – Performed outside the 21-film competition lineup at the Cannes Film Festival.But their presence helped restore some of Cannes’ charm After the pandemic narrowed the festival for the past two years.
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