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Social satire Triangle of Sadness wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Social satire Triangle of Sadness wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Social satire Triangle of Sadness wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Ruben Ostlund’s social satire Triangle of Sadness was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, handing the Swedish filmmaker one of cinema’s most prestigious prizes for the second time.

The festival, held in the resort town on the French Riviera, also named Korean star Song Kang-ho best actor for his performance in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film brokersabout a Korean family seeking a home for an abandoned baby.

“I’d like to thank all those who appreciate Korean cinema,” said Song, who also starred in Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning film parasites at Cannes three years ago.

Best actress honors went to Zar Amir Ebrahimi for her performance as a journalist in Ali Abbasi’s Holy Spider, a true-crime thriller about a serial killer targeting sex workers in the Iranian religious city of Mashhad. Violent and graphic, Holy Spider wasn’t permitted to shoot in Iran and instead was made in Jordan. Accepting the award, Ebrahimi said the film depicts “everything that’s impossible to show in Iran.”

The awards were selected by a nine-member jury headed by French actor Vincent Lindon.

Cannes best actor winner Song Kang-ho, left, and jury president Vincent Lindon, right, are seen with Ostlund at the awards ceremony on Saturday. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The jury prize was split between friendship tale The Eight Mountainsby Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix van Groeningen, and Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s EOabout a donkey’s journey across a pitiless modern Europe.

“I would like to thank my donkeys,” said Skolimowski, who used six donkeys while making the film.

Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh took best screenplay at Cannes for Boy From Heavena thriller set in Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque.

This year’s award for best first film, the Camera d’Or, went to Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for Was ponya drama about the Pine Ridge Reservation made in collaboration with Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota citizens.

Saturday’s closing ceremony brings to a close a Cannes that has attempted to fully resuscitate the annual extravaganza, which was canceled in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic and saw modest crowds last year. This year’s festival also unspooled against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which sparked red-carpet protests and a dialogue about the purpose of cinema in wartime.

Last year, the French body horror thriller Titans took the top prize at Cannes, making director Julia Ducournau only the second female filmmaker ever to win the Palme. In 2019, Bong Joon-ho’s parasites triumphed in Cannes before doing the same at the Academy Awards.

This year, the biggest Hollywood films at Cannes — elvis, Top Gun: Maverick, Three Thousand Years of Longing — played outside the competition lineup of 21 films. But their presence helped restore some glamor after the pandemic scaled down the festival for the last two years.

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