Winners announced at Cannes.

Lavishending for Cannes: George Lucas honored with Palme d'Honneur, Sean Baker wins main prize for "Anora".

May 27, 2024
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Posing for a souvenir picture during the closing night: George Lucas (l.), Sean Baker and jury...
Posing for a souvenir picture during the closing night: George Lucas (l.), Sean Baker and jury chairwoman Greta Gerwig.


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Ending of the movie event - Winners announced at Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival concluded on the 25th of May following a fortnight-long event. During the closing ceremony, Greta Gerwig, the head of the jury, bestowed the prestigious awards upon their respective winners. 22 movies had participated in the competition. Sean Baker, a US director, took home the Palme d'Or for his romantic tale "Anora" which narrates the story of an exotic dancer (Mikey Madison) and the affluent son of a Russian oligarch (Mark Eydelshteyn). The last American director to achieve this at the event was Terrence Malick in 2011 for his movie "The Tree of Life".

Dedication to sex workers

Baker, who had made his mark with "The Florida Project" and "Red Rocket", received his trophy from Francis Ford Coppola and expressed gratitude towards "all sex workers, past, present, and future". He additionally highlighted the significance of cinema, remarking, "The future of cinema is where it first began - at the movies".

Indian director Payal Kapadia took home the second-highest award, the Grand Prix, for "All We Imagine as Light", her film on the relationships between three women from Mumbai with varying social classes. It marked the first time in 30 years that an Indian film was selected for the competition.

Honoring the Best Screenplay

Coralie Fargeat was recognized for the Best Screenplay for "The Substance", a horror show centered on beauty-surgery, starring Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley. The panel described it as a "crazy, beautiful" piece.

Moore was initially pegged to win the Best Actress award. However, the jury unexpectedly decided to present the accolade to a collective named "Emilia Pérez supporting quartet", acknowledging the significance of female bonding in the movie directed by Jacques Audiard. The group included Zoe Saldaña, Selena Gomez, Adriana Paz, and Karla Sofía Gascón. The film gained a jury prize too.

Jesse Plemons earned the Best Actor title for portraying three distinct roles in "Kinds of Kindness", Yorgos Lanthimos' surrealistic parody.

Rasoulof, an Iranian director, was honored with a special award; he had narrowly managed to attend Cannes despite risking his safety. He had fled Iran to avoid serving an eight-year prison sentence for filming "The Seed of the Sacred Fig". The movie explores the recent women's and freedom movement in Iran as seen through the lens of a middle-class family whose daughters question their father's role in the regime.

Gomes, a Portuguese filmmaker, won the Directing prize for "Grand Tour", a' mixed-genre film that blends historical re-enactments, anthropological insights, and black and white/color footage. His movie shows the journey of a British civil servant who tries to flee his fiancée by exploring Asian countries.

Finally, the Camera d'Or was awarded to Halfdan Ullman Tondel for "Armand", a first-time Norwegian filmmaker's effort. "Mongrel" by Chiang Wei Liang and You Qiao Yin received a special mention. Camille Cottin, an actress from "Call My Agent", hosted the award ceremony. Gerwig led the jury that judged the competition, alongside Juan Antonio Bayona, Ebru Ceylan, Pierfrancesco Favino, Lily Gladstone, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Nadine Labaki, Eva Green, and Omar Sy. Meryl Streep was already honored for her lifetime achievement earlier in the festival.

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