Cannes Film Festival 2019 Awards Parasite Wins Palme dOr


Cannes Film Festival 2019 Awards Parasite Wins Palme dOr For the second year in a row, the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to an Asian film about a close knit family of con artists. A year after Hirokazu Kore edas “Shoplifters” won the 2018 award, Alejandro G. Inarritus jury gave this years top prize to Bong Joon Hos “Parasite,” one of the most critically acclaimed films of this years festival. In his review on TheWrap, Ben Croll called the film “a genre bending dark comedy with searing class consciousness” and labeled it a return to form for the director whose last two films were the English language “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.” The Grand Prize, the jurys second place award, went to the first black woman director ever in the Cannes competition, Mati Diop, for “Atlantics.” Also read: Antonio Banderas won the Best Actor prize for his performance as a Pedro Almodovar like director in Almodovars “Pain and Glory,” while Emily Beecham won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a flower breeder in Jessica Hausners creepy “Little Joe.” The Jury Prize, which is essentially the third place award, was shared by both “Les Miserables” and “Bacurau,” a sign that in a year of strong work across the board, the jury wanted to reward as many films as possible. It also created a special mention award for Elia Suleimans “It Must Be Heaven.” In something of a surprise, the jury gave its best director award to the Dardenne brothers for “Young Ahmed,” their portrait of the radicalization of a Muslim teen. Writer director Celine Sciamma won the screenplay award for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” a lesbian period romance that was one of the festivals most acclaimed films. Also read: Cesar Diazs “Our Mothers” won the Camera dOr, which goes to the best first film from any section of the festival. It screened in the independent International Critics Week section. Jury president Inarritu was one of six directors on the nine person panel. The other directors were Pawel Pawlikowski, Kelly Reichardt, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos and Alice Rohrwacher, with the panel filled out by actress Elle Fanning, author Enki Bilal and actress Maimouna NDiaye. The 21 films in the main competition also included Quentin Tarantinos “Once Upon a Time ů in Hollywood,” Terrence Malicks “A Hidden Life,” Jim Jarmuschs “The Dead Dont Die,” Ira Sachs “Frankie,” Xavier Dolans “Matthias and Maxime,” Ken Loachs “Sorry We Missed You,” Corneliu Porumboius “The Whistlers” and the biggest bomb of the festival, Abdellatif Kechiches three and a half hour tribute to butts, “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo.” The winners: Palme dOr: “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho Grand Prix: “Atlantique,” Mati Diop Best Director: Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne, “Young Ahmed” Best Screenplay: Celine Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” Best Actress: Emily Beecham, “Little Joe” Jury Prize: TIE “Bacurau,” Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles; and “Les Miserables,” Ladj Ly Special Mention: Elia Suleiman, “It Must Be Heaven” Camera dOr: “Our Mothers” “Nuestras Madres” , Cesar Diaz Palme dOr, Short Film: “The Distance Between Us and the Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos Short Film, Special Mention: “Monstruo Dios,” Agustina San Martin 16 Cannes Winners That Went on to Take Oscar Gold:

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