Sean Baker's "Anora" awarded Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

In the play "Anora," a US-American Baker narrates the tale of a self-assured stripper. Dedicating his prize to "all sex workers."

May 27, 2024
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This year's Palme d'Or went to director Sean Baker.
This year's Palme d'Or went to director Sean Baker.


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Recognition Bestowed - Sean Baker's "Anora" awarded Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

US director Sean Baker clinched the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his comical tragedy "Anora." Announced by the jury yesterday evening, the film - portraying a strongly-determined striptease dancer residing in New York - outpaced 21 other submissions competing for the highly-coveted title.

Chaired by filmmaker Greta Gerwig, the jury lauded "Anora" as a "deeply human" movie that simultaneously amused, instilled hope, and shattered hearts while adhering to the spirit of authenticity.

"Anora" revolves around the titular striptease dancer, Ani, who encounters a restless Russian oligarch's son, Vanya, in New York. Upon impetuously marrying Ani and assembling their nuptials, Vanya's despondent parents seek to void the union. A hapless band of three men is subsequently dispatched to reverse the marriage, with Ani alongside them in their quest. Involving stellar performances, spontaneous turns, and healthy chuckles, the film's breakneck pace keeps audiences entertained throughout.

During a powerful acceptance speech, Baker dedicated the award to "all sex workers" in an effort to lessen the stigma attached to their chosen profession. Upon receiving his award, the 53-year-old director expressed his career goal of producing films with such impact.

Iranian director Mohammed Rassulof scored a Special Jury Prize for "The Seed of the Sacred Fig." Having recently been penalized with a long-term jail sentence, he made a daring escape to Germany to appear at the ceremony. His movie, set in late 2022, revolves around a family whose members act distinctively in the wake of Iranian Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini's death, prompting widespread protests.

"All We Imagine as Light" by Indian director Payal Kapadia received the Grand Jury Prize, signifying the second most significant honor of the festival. Portraying multiple women striving to establish connections amidst the bustling life of Mumbai, Kapadia's movie enchanted both jurors and audiences alike.

French director Jacques Audiard snagged the Jury Prize, which was given to his musical production "Emilia Pérez." The story chronicles a cartel boss's transformation into a woman, who subsequently attempts to make amends for her misdeeds.

Visitants were left in awe as four women, Karla Sofía Gascón, Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, and Adriana Paz, all received the top honor for best actress. Gascón, the first trans woman to receive this accolade, describes it as a truly collective soul-stirring honor.

Awarding finest male performance, the ceremony presented Jesse Plemons for "Kinds of Kindness," helmed by Giorgos Lanthimos. "Grand Tour" by Miguel Gomes walked away with the best director award.

Coralie Fargeat's "The Substance" earned her a Prize for the Best Screenplay, with her nightmare thriller starring Demi Moore that chronicles the potentially catastrophic consequences of obsession with looks.

In a closing tribute, the Golden Palm was bestowed upon "Star Wars" visionary George Lucas. Sparkling with praise, fellow filmmakers and fellow veterans J. J. Abrams and Francis Ford Coppola showered Lucas with admiration. "This great friend, brother, and mentor undeniably deserves this recognition, captivating audiences decades ago, and still doing so now," said Coppola affectionately.

This unique breed of film holiday boasted a wide array of rich and compelling stories - capturing hearts and minds for days, if not years, to come.

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