Bong Joon-ho's Parasite takes the Palme d'Or.
A somewhat controversy-free Cannes Film Festival ended this weekend with Bong Joon-ho's Parasite winning the coveted Palme d'Or, one of the most prestigious film prizes in the world. The win marks the second year in a row that the top prize went to a film from an Asian director. Bong recently premiered Okja In competition two years ago before Netflix was ousted as a participating studio.
The 72nd festival's jury was headed by director Alejandro Gonzaléz Iñarritu and, during the festival's awards show, he stated that Parasite's win was based on a unanimous vote from the jury. Elle Fanning, Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt, and Maimouna N'Diaye were some of the world-renowned filmmakers on this year's jury.
Iñaurritu's remarks included: "We all shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres and spoke in a funny, humorous, tender way - with no judgment - of something so relevant and urgent, so global in such a local film, with such a beautiful efficiency of media, and an understanding of what film really is."
Mati Diop, French-Senegalese director, earned the Grand Prix for her debut feature, Atlantics. Netflix has reportedly picked up the distribution rights for the film. Diop became the first black female filmmaker to have a film compete in competition.
The acting awards went to Emily Beecham for Little Joe and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory. His performance in the semi-autobiographical film from Pedro Almodóvar is earning Banderas early Oscar buzz.
The jury prize was presented in a tie to Ladj Ly's Les Misérables and Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles' Bacurau.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won the directors prize for Young Ahmed. The brother have won the Palme d'Or twice over the years.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Bong Joon-ho, director
Mati Diop, director
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
PAIN AND GLORY
JURY PRIZE - TIE
Ladj Ly, director
Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles, directors
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Céline Sciamma, director
IT MUST BE HEAVEN
Elle Suleiman, director