Curtain on the Cannes Film Festival 2022, with the supreme award attributed to the film Without Filter (Triangle of Sadness). The 48-year-old Swedish director Ruben Östlund receives the ultimate award for the second time on the Croisette, after being crowned for The Square in 2017. A special prize was awarded to the Dardenne brothers and their film Tori and Lokita to celebrate this 75th edition . Focus on the entire prize list.
The Palme d’or for “Without Filter” (“Triangle of Sadness”)
Ruben Östlund wins a second Palme d’Or for his film Without Filter (Triangle of Sadness). According to the president of the jury Vincent Lindon, “the whole jury was extremely shocked by this film”. Already awarded the Palme d’or in 2017 for the film The Square, Ruben Östlund signs with his latest feature film a satire on the power of money king by staging two models and influencers cruising on a luxury boat. “I think when we started this film, we had only one goal: to make a film that interests the public and teaches them things at the same time. We all agreed that what is unique in the cinema is that we can have fun living an experience that we show to the public afterwards”, was moved by the Swedish filmmaker.
This is the second time that the Swedish director has received the prestigious Palme d’Or. (VALERY HACHE / AFP)
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The Grand Prix for “Close” and “Stars at Noon”, tied
Between Close and Stars at Noon, the jury decided not to decide. The film by Belgian director Lukas Dhont and that by Frenchwoman Claire Denis both receive the prestigious Grand Prix.
Poorly received by critics, Stars at Noon nevertheless seduced the jury chaired by Vincent Lindon. This feature film depicts two lovers played by Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn, who love and spy on each other in a Nicaragua on the verge of civil war. “Margaret Qualley, I saw her for the first time in Cannes while watching Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. I fell in love with it”, explained Claire Denis in her speech.
Luka Dhont, a 31-year-old director, followed him on stage to also receive the Grand Prix for Close. “I wanted to make a film about youth and show that being vulnerable is not a weakness. If you let others get close, vulnerability can turn into super courage,” he said. Close tells the story of two teenagers whose friendship story turns tragic because of the gaze of others.
The Jury Prize for “Le Otto Montagne” and “Hi-Han”, ex-aequo
Another tie, this time for the jury prize, awarded to the films Les Huit Montagnes and Hi-Han.
Belgian co-director Charlotte Vandermeersch explains that they “wanted to make a film that talks about life in all its fragility and all its strength” with Les Huit Montagnes: “This film was necessary for us and it was very beautiful, I love you from the bottom of my heart”, she declares before kissing Felix Van Groeningen, her partner and co-director.
For his part, the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, aged 84, wanted to “thank his donkeys”, stars of the feature film: “A large part of the film was shot in Poland, but I was smart enough to choose an intelligent species of donkey, which lives in Sardinia. We only have two in Poland, I’ll give you their names: Stacko and Pola. Then we shot in Italy where there are a lot of Sardinian donkeys”, says he asks before imitating the cry of the donkey.
The Directing Award for Park Chan-wook (“Decision to leave”)
Third trophy at Cannes for South Korean director Park Chan-wook, this time awarded the prize for directing for his film Decision to Leave, which tells the story of a seasoned detective, who investigates the death suspicious of a man on top of a mountain. He begins to suspect Sore, the companion of the deceased, while being unsettled by his attraction to her.
“With the pandemic, the borders with the countries have closed, comments Park Chan-wook when receiving his award. We had trouble communicating. Sometimes it was quite complicated. We were very afraid of each other and the rooms cinemas have been deserted. But now, perhaps the public will gradually return to the cinemas. We have been able to defeat this virus and I am convinced that with the filmmakers, we can overcome the fear of the spectators so that ‘they can come back to the room.
The 75th anniversary special prize for “Tori and Lokita” by the Dardenne brothers
Special edition, special price! The jury of this 75th Cannes Film Festival has decided to create a prize for the occasion and to reward the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (already double Palme d’or) for their film Tori and Lokita. “When we were preparing our film last January, we met a baker in Besançon who was fighting to avoid the expulsion of his apprentice from France, says Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Our film, we dedicate it to this baker who went on strike starvation for 12 days to avoid the deportation of his apprentice without papers so that he can obtain a regularization”.
Best Actor Award for actor Song Kan-ho (“Les Bonnes Étoiles”)
A standing ovation for Song Kan-ho, who plays one of the main roles in the South Korean film The Good Stars (Broker). The South Korean actor, known internationally since his role in the film Parasite (the Palme d’or 2019), this time plays a man who seeks to offer a new family to a baby abandoned by his mother in a “baby box”: “I really thank our director. I also dedicate this prize with the other actors of this film. I’m also very happy to share this award with my family who are up there in the room,” said the 55-year-old actor.
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The Best Actress Award for Zar Amir Ebrahimi (“The Nights of Mashhad”)
The 2022 Best Actress Award went to 41-year-old Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi. In The Nights of Mashhad (Holy Spider), she plays a courageous and obstinate journalist who investigates a serial killer of prostitutes in Iran.
“I first want to speak in Farsi to my people at home. This film is about women in their bodies, hands, sex, feet. Everything that can be shown on the screen. Thank you Ali Abassi for to have been so mad and generous, thank you for such a powerful art”. She continued her speech in perfect French: “I am proud of my family, and thank you to France, this exotic and paradoxical country, filled with happy people who love to be unhappy”.
Iranian actress Zar Amir-Ebrahimi received the Best Actress Award for her role in the film “Holy Spider”. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)
The Screenplay Prize for Tarik Saleh for “Boy from Heaven”
Boy from Heaven by Tarik Saleh is awarded the 2022 Screenplay Prize. The 50-year-old director of Egyptian origin and Swedish nationality dedicated his prize “to young directors in Egypt, so that they show their work”. His film tells the story of Adam, a simple son of a fisherman, who integrates the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, epicenter of the power of Sunni Islam. He then finds himself, unwittingly, at the heart of an implacable power struggle between the country’s religious and political elites.
The Golden Camera for “War Pony”
The Camera d’or 2022 for the first film is awarded to War Pony by Riley Keough and Gina Gammell, a film selected in the “Un Certain Regard” category: “It’s one of the wonderful films this year. I am very happy that this wonderful film is highlighted. Thank you to the jury for recognizing our wonderful film. It’s a dream for us,” said the director.
The Palme d’or for short film for “The Water Murmurs”
The 2022 Palme d’or for short film is awarded to The Water Murmurs, by Chinese director Jianying Chen. “I am very happy to see that my courage is highlighted. I hope that films can change things, especially in China”
The Special Mention for a first film for “Plan 75” by Chie Hayakawa
The Special Mention for a first film was awarded to Plan 75 by 45-year-old Japanese director Chie Hayakawa. “Any director begins by making a first film. I am very happy that this film, which means so much to me, was selected at Cannes. Someone told me that it was a necessary film for us who live in this time and I thank him, I was enormously touched.”
And also: the moving and funny speech of Vincent Lindon
Vincent Lindon, president of the jury for this 75th Cannes Film Festival, was particularly moved but also proud to have been able to fulfill his “10-day mandate” with passion: “During these days that were too short, I loved everything, the people, films and the electricity that reigns in the streets. Each of the films in this remarkable selection gave rise to passionate, but above all useful discussions. All our decisions were taken with great unanimity”.
Actor Vincent Lindon, president of the Jury of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, May 28, 2022 during the closing ceremony. (VALERY HACHE / AFP)
Then he used humor to show his deep attachment to the function: “A single mandate, ten days only, do you find that normal? Everything has to change so that nothing changes, as Alain Delon said. He is time to put an end to this tradition that the Cannes jury changes every year. Let’s innovate! We need four more years! Unanimously we demand re-election.” Before concluding with a big smile: “Thank you for accepting me with so much love, kindness, benevolence, and all that’s left for me to say is see you next year!”