‘Triangle of Sadness’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Fest

“Triangle of Sadness” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival<br />

Cannes, May 29 (BNA) Swedish director Robin Ostlund’s stratified war comedy “The Triangle of Sorrow” won the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, giving Ostlund one of film’s most prestigious awards for the second time.

Ostlund, whose film “The Square” took home the Palme Award in 2017, earned a rare Palme d’Or and achieved the rare feat of winning the Cannes first prize for consecutive films, according to the Associated Press.

The Triangle of Sorrow, which features Woody Harrelson as a Marxist yacht captain and the critical scene with rampant vomiting, pushes the satire even further.

“After the screening we wanted (for people) to go out together and have something to talk about,” Ostlund said. “We all agree that the unique thing about cinema is that we watch it together. So we have to save something to talk about but we should also have fun and enjoy.”

The awards were chosen by a nine-member jury headed by French actor Vincent Lyndon and presented Saturday at a closing ceremony at the Grand Lumiere Theater in Cannes.

The jury’s second prize, the grand prize, was shared between Belgian director Lucas Dönett’s tender boyhood drama “Close,” about two 13-year-old boys who tragically break up after their schoolmates make fun of their intimate relationship. and French filmmaking legend Claire Denis “Stars at Noon”, adapted from Dennis Johnson starring Margaret Qualley as a journalist in Nicaragua.

The director’s award went to South Korean director Park Chan-wook (“Old Boy,” “The Maid”) for his mystery film “Decision to Leave,” a romance fused with police action.

Korean star Song Kang Ho has been named Best Actor for his performance in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-ed’s Broker, which is about a Korean family searching for a home for an abandoned child.

“I would like to thank all those who appreciate Korean cinema,” said Song, who also starred in the Palme d’Or-winning Bong Joon Ho “Parasite” in Cannes three years ago.

The Best Actress award went to Zar Amir Ebrahimi for her performance as a journalist in Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider,” a true thriller about a serial killer targeting sex workers in the Iranian religious city of Mashhad. The movie “Holly Spider”, which features violence and graphics, was not allowed to be filmed in Iran and instead was made in Jordan. Ebrahimi, upon accepting the award, said the film depicted “everything that is impossible to show in Iran.”

The jury prize was divided between the friendship story “The Eight Mountains” by Charlotte Vandermerske and Felix van Groningen, and “EO” by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, about a donkey’s unforgiving journey through modern Europe.

“I would like to thank my donkey,” said Skolimowski, who thanked all six donkeys used in the film by name.

The jury also awarded a special prize for the 75th Cannes Film Festival to Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, two-time winners of Cough and regular attendance at the festival, for the immigrant drama “Turi and Lucita”. Swedish-Egyptian director Tarek Saleh won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival for “Boy From Heaven”, a thriller that takes place at Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.

The award for Best First Film, Camera d’Or, went to Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for “War Pony,” a drama about Pine Ridge Reservation made in collaboration with Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota.

The closing ceremony on Saturday wrapped up the Festival de Cannes which attempted to revive the annual French extravaganza that was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and saw modest crowds last year. This year’s festival was also not forgotten against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which sparked red carpet protests and debate about the purpose of cinema in wartime.

Last year, the French horror film “Titane” won first prize at Cannes, making director Julia Decorno the second female director ever to win the Palme d’Or. In 2019, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” triumphed in Cannes before doing the same at the Oscars.

This year, Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters – “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Three Thousand Years of Longing” – screened outside Cannes’ 21-film lineup. But their presence has helped restore some of Cannes’ luster after the pandemic curtailed the festival over the past two years.

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