Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall” gained the Palme d’Or on the 76th Cannes Movie Pageant in a ceremony on Saturday that bestowed the pageant’s prestigious high prize on an engrossing, rigorously plotted French courtroom drama that places a wedding on trial.
“Anatomy of a Fall,” which stars Sandra Huller as a author attempting to show her innocence in her husband’s dying, is barely the third movie directed by a lady to win the Palme d’Or. One of many two earlier winners, Julia Ducournau, was on this 12 months’s jury. Cannes’ Grand Prix, its second prize, went to Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest,” a chilling Martin Amis adaptation a few German household residing subsequent door to Auschwitz.
The awards have been determined by a jury presided over by two-time Palme winner Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director who gained the prize final 12 months for “Triangle of Sadness”. The ceremony preceded the pageant’s closing night time movie, the Pixar animation “Elemental”.
Remarkably, the award for “Anatomy of a Fall” provides the indie distributor Neon its fourth straight Palme winners. Neon, which acquired the movie after its premiere in Cannes, additionally backed “Triangle of Sadness,” Ducournau’s “Titane” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” which it steered to a greatest image win on the Oscars.
Triet was introduced the Palme by Jane Fonda, who recalled coming to Cannes in 1963 when, she mentioned, there have been no feminine filmmakers competing “and it never even occurred to us that there was something wrong with that”. This 12 months, a file seven out of the 21 movies in competitors at Cannes have been directed by girls. After a rousing standing ovation, Triet, the 44-year-old filmmaker, spoke in regards to the protests which have roiled France this 12 months over reforms to pension plans.
“This award is dedicated to all the young women directors and all the young male directors and all those who cannot manage to shoot films today,” she added. “We must give them the space I occupied 15 years ago in a less hostile world where it was still possible to make mistakes and start again.”
After the ceremony, Triet mirrored on being the third feminine director to win the Palme, following Ducournau and Jane Campion (“The Piano”). “Things are truly changing,” she mentioned. Greatest actor went to veteran Japanese star Koji Yakusho, who performs a reflective, middle-aged man who cleans bogs in “Perfect Days”.
The Turkish actor Merve Dizdar took greatest actress for the Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “About Dry Grasses.” Ceylan’s story is a few instructor, Samet (Deniz Celiloglu), accused of misconduct by a feminine pupil. Dizdar performs a buddy each attracted and repelled by Samet. “I’d like to dedicate this prize to all the women who are fighting to exist and overcome difficulties in this world and to retrain hope,” mentioned Dizdar. Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung took greatest director for “Pot-au-Feu,” a foodie love story starring Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel.