The film, Triangle of Sadness, by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Likewise, Song Kang-ho, the Korean actor in Parasite, won the best actor award for Broker, by Japanese director Kore-Eda, and Zar Emir-Ebrahimi won the award for best actress for his role in Holy Spider, by Danish director Kore-Eda. Ali Abassi.
Triangle of Sadness is a merciless critique of the ultra-rich. A comedic and political film, co-produced by Sweden, Germany, Turkey and France.
“If you compare European cinema with American cinema, for example, or with “Anglo-Saxon” cinema, we see a difference. I want to say that what I like about European cinema is that we have always focused and looked at issues of society. We talked of “How can we create a better society?”, “What don’t we like?”, “What do we need to change?” So cinema has been a tool to try to improve things and it doesn’t occur to me nothing more useless than making films if I don’t want to change something, if I don’t want to improve something. So this is European cinema,” Ruben Östlund told Euronews.
The Cannes Film Festival has celebrated its 75th anniversary in style, celebrating the return of cinema to the big screen, with films from all over the world. But Europe and European cinema are the big winners of this 2022 edition, with a second Palme d’Or for the film Triangle of Sadness, by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, but also two Grand Jury Prizes ex-aequo with Close, by the young Belgian director Lukas Dhont, and the film by veteran French director Claire Denis for her Stars at Noon.
Lastly, two Jury Prizes, also ex-aequo, for Otto Montagne by the Belgian directorial couple Félix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch and for EO by the 84-year-old Polish director Jerzy Skolimovski. A test, if necessary, of the diversity and modernity of European cinema.