‘Anatomy of a Fall’ wins top prize at Cannes Film Festival

Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall” gained the Palme d’Or on the 76th Cannes Film Festival in a ceremony Saturday that bestowed the pageant’s prestigious high prize on an engrossing, rigorously plotted French courtroom drama that places a wedding on trial.

“Anatomy of a Fall,” which stars Sandra Hüller as a author making an attempt to show her innocence in her husband’s dying, is barely the third movie directed by a girl to win the Palme d’Or. One of the 2 earlier winners, Julia Ducournau, was on this yr’s jury.

Cannes’ Grand Prix, its second prize, went to Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest,” a chilling Martin Amis adaptation a couple of German household residing subsequent door to Auschwitz. Hüller additionally stars in that movie.

The awards had been determined by a jury presided over by two-time Palme winner Ruben Östlund, the Swedish director who gained the prize final yr for “Triangle of Sadness.” The ceremony preceded the pageant’s closing evening movie, the Pixar animation “Elemental.”

Remarkably, the award for “Anatomy of a Fall” offers the indie distributor Neon its fourth straight Palme winners. Neon, which acquired the movie after its premiere in Cannes, additionally backed “Triangle of Sadness,”Ducournau’s “Titane” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” which it steered to a greatest image win on the Academy Awards.

Triet was introduced the Palme by Jane Fonda, who recalled coming to Cannes in 1963 when, she stated, there have been no feminine filmmakers competing “and it never even occurred to us that there was something wrong with that.” This yr, a report seven out of the 21 movies in competitors at Cannes had been directed by girls.

After a rousing standing ovation, Triet, the 44-year-old French filmmaker, spoke passionately in regards to the protests which have roiled France this yr over reforms to pension plans and the retirement age. Several protests had been held throughout Cannes this yr, however demonstrations had been — as they’ve been in lots of high-profile areas all through France — banned from the world across the Palais des Festivals. Protesters had been largely relegated to the outskirts of Cannes.

“The protests were denied and repressed in a shocking way,” stated Triet, who linked that governmental affect to that in cinema. “The merchandizing of culture, defended by a liberal government, is breaking the French cultural exception.”

“This award is dedicated to all the young women directors and all the young male directors and all those who cannot manage to shoot films today,” she added. “We must give them the space I occupied 15 years ago in a less hostile world where it was still possible to make mistakes and start again.”

The jury prize went to Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s “Fallen Leaves,” a deadpan love story a couple of romance that blooms in a loveless workaday world the place dispatches from the warfare in Ukraine repeatedly play on the radio.

Best actor went to veteran Japanese star Koji Yakusho, who performs a reflective, middle-aged Tokyo man who cleans bogs in Wim Wenders’ “Perfect Days,” a mild, quotidian character research.

The Turkish actor Merve Dizdar took greatest actress for the Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “About Dry Grasses.” Ceylan’s expansive story is about in snowy jap Anatolia a couple of instructor, Samet (Deniz Celiloğlu), accused of misconduct by a younger feminine pupil. Dizdar performs a pal each attracted and repelled by Samet.

“I understand what it’s like to be a woman in this area of the country,” stated Dizdar. “I would like to dedicate this prize to all the women who are fighting to exist and overcome difficulties in this world and to retrain hope.”

Vietnamese-French director Tràn Anh Hùng took greatest director for “Pot-au-Feu,” a lush, foodie love story starring Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel and set in a nineteenth century French gourmand château.

Best screenplay was gained by Yuji Sakamoto for “Monster.” Sakamoto penned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s nuanced drama, with shifting views, about two boys struggling for acceptance of their faculty at house. “Monster” additionally gained the Queer Palm, an honor bestowed by journalists for the pageant’s strongest LGBTQ-themed movie.

Quentin Tarantino, who gained Cannes’ high award for “Pulp Fiction,” attended the ceremony to current a tribute to filmmaker Roger Corman. Tarantino praised Corman for filling him and numerous moviegoers with “unadulterated cinema pleasure.”

“My cinema is uninhibited, full of excess and fun,” stated Corman, the impartial movie maverick. “I feel like this what Cannes is about.”

The pageant’s Un Certain Regard part handed out its awards on Friday, giving the highest prize to Molly Manning Walker’s debut function, “How to Have Sex.”

Saturday’s ceremony drew to shut a Cannes version that hasn’t lacked spectacle, stars or controversy.

The largest wattage premieres got here out of competitors. Martin Scorsese debuted his Osage murders epic “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a sprawling imaginative and prescient of American exploitation with Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” Harrison Ford’s Indy farewell, launched with a tribute to Ford. Wes Anderson premiered “Asteroid City.”

The pageant opened on a be aware of controversy. “Jeanne du Barry,” a interval drama co-starring Johnny Depp as Louis XV, performed because the opening evening movie. The premiere marked Depp’s highest profile look for the reason that conclusion of his explosive trial final yr with ex-wife Amber Heard.


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