A viciously sharp satire on class conflict, featuring an already infamous vomit and poo scene, was a surprise winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
“Triangle of Sadness” earned Swedish Ruben Ostlund a place among the select group of directors who won two Palmes d’Or, having already won it in 2017 with “The Square”.
Now firmly entrenched as the king of shrinkage in the arthouse world, Ostlund takes a scalpel to bourgeois niceties in his films, and this time set his sights on fashion models and the ultra-rich, who find their status suddenly undermined when disaster strikes. their cruise hits ship.
A prolonged succession of projectile vomiting and violent diarrhea on the ship quickly became the talk of the festival after its premiere last week, leaving viewers either howling with laughter or turning green.
Ostlund accepted the award, saying he wanted the audience to be entertained, but also “asked himself questions, go out after the screening and have something to talk about.”
‘Come from afar’
The most touching part of the ceremony was the best actress award that went to Iran’s Zar Amir Ebrahimi, who was forced to flee her country 16 years ago after a smear campaign over her love life.
She won for her role in “Holy Spider” as a journalist who tracks down a serial killer who kills prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad.
“I have come a long way to be on this podium tonight. It was not an easy story,” said Ebrahimi, who now lives in Paris.
“This movie is about women, it’s about their bodies, it’s a movie full of faces, hair, hands, feet, breasts, sex — everything that’s impossible to show in Iran,” she added.
Elsewhere, it was a strong night for Asian cinema, with the best director going to South Korea’s Park Chan-wook, known for the 2003 thriller “Oldboy”.
He won for “Decision to Leave” about a detective who falls for the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
And the best actor went to Song Kang-ho, famous for his role as the father in the Oscar-winning “Parasite”.
He starred in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Broker”, a story about a man who tries to sell an abandoned child, but turns out to have a tender heart despite his criminal enterprise.
The runners-up Grand Prix was split between 32-year-old Belgian Lukas Dhont and French veteran Claire Denis.
Dhont’s “Close” is a tender portrait of two boys who are bullied as they learn to struggle with their budding sexuality, while Denis won for “Stars at Noon”, a love story set against political tensions in Central America.
The third place jury prize was shared by “The Eight Mountains”, about a lifelong friendship in the Italian Alps and the festival’s most radical entry, “EO”, a film told entirely from a donkey’s point of view by the legendary Polish arthouse director, 84-year-old Jerzy Skolimowski.
The 12-day festival saw plenty of Hollywood glitter, kick-started by Tom Cruise with his first trip to Cannes in 30 years to launch “Top Gun: Maverick” accompanied by a French Air Force display team.
It’s been a great year for music lovers — Baz Luhrmann shook things up with his highly anticipated rock’n’roll biopic, “Elvis”, and critics were blown away by an ultra-riveting documentary about David Bowie, “Moonage Daydream” .
By coincidence, Elvis’ granddaughter Riley Keough won the Camera d’Or, the award for best first picture, for “War Pony” with co-director Gina Gammell.
The war in Ukraine cast a shadow over the course of events from the start with a video message from President Volodymyr Zelensky at the opening ceremony.
Several Ukrainian films received special screenings and there was a bitter discussion about the inclusion of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov in the main competition, despite his denunciation of the war.
The jury was led by French actor Vincent Lindon, who spoke of a similar battle between the nine members – including two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and Indian superstar Deepika Padukone – to decide the winners, jokingly they would take “four more years” to get it right.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary edition of the festival, a special prize was awarded to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who won the Palme d’Or twice and once again competed with the well-received migrant drama “Tori en Lokita”.
Last year’s jury, led by American director Spike Lee, gave the Palme to a woman for the second time in the festival’s history: French director Julia Ducournau for the gory and radical “Titane”.
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