‘Triangle of Sadness’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Fest

‘Triangle of Sadness’ receives the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

According to the AP

CANNES – Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s class warfare comedy “Triangle of Sadness” won the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, giving Ostlund the prize for the second time.

Ostlund, whose art-world parody “The Square” won the Palme d’Or in 2017, accomplished the rare feat of winning Cannes’ top prize for back-to-back films.

The satire is pushed even further in “Triangle of Sadness,” which stars Woody Harrelson as a Marxist yacht captain and has a climactic scene with rampant vomiting.

“We wanted people to go out together after the movie and have something to talk about,” Ostlund added. “We’re all in agreement that the unique aspect of the film is that we’re all viewing it together.”

So we’ll have to save something to talk about, but we’ll also want to have a good time and be entertained.”

The honors were chosen by a nine-member jury led by French actor Vincent Lindon and given at the Grand Lumière Theater in Cannes on Saturday.

The Grand Prix was shared by Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s tender boyhood drama “Close,” about two 13-year-old boys whose bond is tragically severed after their intimacy is mocked by classmates, and French filmmaking legend Claire Denis’ “Stars at Noon,” a Denis Johnson adaptation starring Margaret Qualley as a journalist in Nicaragua.

Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden”) of South Korea won the directing award for his twisty noir “Decision to Leave,” a romance fused with a police procedural.

Song Kang Ho, a Korean actor, was named best actor for his performance in Hirokazu Kore-film eda’s “Broker,” about a Korean family looking for a home for an abandoned baby.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supports Korean cinema,” said Song, who also appeared in Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or-winning film “Parasite” three years ago in Cannes.

Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the award for best actress for her role as a journalist in Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider,” a true-crime thriller about a serial killer who targets sex workers in Mashhad, Iran.

The film “Holy Spider,” which is violent and gory, was not permitted to be shot in Iran and was instead created in Jordan.

Ebrahimi accepted the award and stated that the film exposes “everything that is impossible to display in Iran.”

The jury prize was shared between Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen’s friendship story “The Eight Mountains” and Jerzy Skolimowski’s film “EO,” about a donkey’s trip across a merciless modern Europe.

“I’d want to thank my donkeys,” Skolimowski stated, thanking each of the six donkeys who appeared in the film by name.

The jury also gave Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, two-time Palme d’Or winners and long-time festival regulars, a special award for their immigration drama “Tori and Lokita” at the 75th Cannes.

“Boy From Heaven,” a thriller set at Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, won the best script at Cannes for Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh.

The award for the best first film, the Camera d’Or, went to Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for “War Pony,” a drama about the Pine Ridge Reservation made in collaboration with Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota citizens.

Saturday’s closing ceremony brought to a close a Cannes that attempted to fully resuscitate the annual France extravaganza that was canceled in 2020 by the 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 dialogue about the purpose of cinema in wartime.

Riley Keough and Gina Gammell received the Camera d’Or for “War Pony,” a drama about the Pine Ridge Reservation made in collaboration with Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota citizens.

The closing ceremony on Saturday brought an end to a Cannes that attempted to fully resurrect the annual France extravaganza, which was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020 and drew only modest crowds last year.

This year’s festival took place against the backdrop of the Ukraine conflict, which sparked red-carpet protests and debate about the role of cinema in times of war.

Riley Keough and Gina Gammell received the Camera d’Or for “War Pony,” a drama about the Pine Ridge Reservation made in collaboration with Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota citizens.

The closing ceremony on Saturday brought an end to a Cannes that attempted to fully resurrect the annual France extravaganza, which was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020 and drew only modest crowds last year.

This year’s festival took place against the backdrop of the Ukraine conflict, which sparked red-carpet protests and debate about the role of cinema in times of war.

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