The 75th Cannes Film Festival, after two weeks of standing ovations and walkouts, comes to a close this evening of May 28, 2022. The festival has returned to its usual glitz and glamor this year, culminating with tonight’s closing ceremony , where the jury, chaired by French actor Vincent Lindon, unveiled this year’s winners and a surprising Palme d’Or.
During the opening ceremony, which was held on May 17, American actor and producer Forest Whitaker received an honorary Palme d’or for his career. During the press conference, Whitaker said that Cannes changed his life and the trajectory of his career. A few days later, Tom Cruise was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or by the festival. The actor was in Cannes for the world premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.
This year’s jury was made up of Noomi Rapace, Rebecca Hall, Asghar Farhadi, Joachim Trier and Vincent Lindon, who loved their jury status so much that they demanded to continue being juries for the next four years, joked their president.
The coveted Palme D’or was awarded to triangle of sadness, directed by Ruben Östlund. In his acceptance speech, Östlund said they wanted to make a thought-provoking film, hoping that after watching it, audiences would talk about it. Set in the world of fashion, this satire follows a pair of models, Carl and Yaya, as they find themselves stranded on a desert island with a group of billionaires and a housekeeper. The film received an eight-minute long standing ovation when it premiered. Östlund won the Palme d’Or in 2017 for The place. Neon purchased the North American rights to the film.
The Grand Prize was awarded to two films: that of Lukas Dhont close and Claire Denis Stars at noon.
Claire Denis thanks the jury and the festival. Denis said he spotted Margaret Qualley in Quentin Tarantino’s film and found her extraordinary. Set in Nicaragua, this romantic thriller, The stars at noon, based on a novel by Denis Johnson, stars Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn and Robert Pattinson. The film follows, Trish, played by Qualley, a freelance journalist. The film was acquired by A24 for North America.
The tender initiation film by Lukas Dhont, close, is the story of a close friendship between two teenagers, Léo and Rémi, played respectively by Eden Dambrine and Gustave De Waelle. The Belgian director won the Camera d’Or in 2018 for his first feature film, Daughter. Close is produced by Menuet with Diaphana Films, Topkapi Films and Versus Production, in co-production with VT
The Best Director award went to Park Chan-wook’s Decision to leave. In his acceptance speech, Park Chan-wook spoke about the difficulties caused by the pandemic, saying he hoped audiences would return to theaters. He expressed his love for his two main actors. Park Chan-wook’s new thriller, starring Tang Wei and Park Hae-il, follows insomniac detective Hae-joon as he investigates the death of a man who fell from a mountain and fell in love. of the mysterious widow after she becomes the prime suspect. MUBI has acquired the rights to the film in North America, India, Turkey, the UK and Ireland, and plans to release the film in fall 2022.
The jury has decided to award a special prize for the 75th edition of the festival. This special prize was awarded to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for their film Tori and Lokita. The Dardenne brothers have already won two Palmes d’Or in the past. Tori and Lokita follows two Beninese teenagers trying to survive in Belgium. The film is produced by Les Films du Fleuve and Archipel 35, and co-produced by Savage Film, and distributed by Wild Bunch.
El Otto Mountain by Belgian directors Charlotte Vandermeerscha and Felix van Groenigen and eo by Jerzy Skolimowski jointly won the Jury Prize.
The Otto Mountain (The Eight Mountains), directed by Charlotte Vandermeerscha and Felix van Groenigen, with Luca Marinelli and Alessandro Broghi, received a standing ovation for ten minutes during its premiere. The film is an adaptation of Paolo Cognetti’s novel, which tells the story of two friends, whose friendship is torn apart by family and life. The film explores the intimacy of friendship. The film is a European co-production, with Wildside, Rufus, Menuetto, Pyramide Productions and Vision Distribution, in collaboration with Elastic and Sky.
Jerzy Skolimowski thanked his donkeys, all six. It is an Italian-Polish co-production. Inspired by 1966 by Robert Bresson At Hazard Balthazar, eo follows the life of a donkey. The film stars Isabelle Huppert and was produced by Skopia Film.
The Best Actor Award went to Song Kang Ho for his role in Hirokazu Kore-eda Broker. Song Kang Ho dedicated his award to Kore-eda and his co-stars. Broker concerns the illegal trade in babies in South Korea. Song Kang Ho plays a debt-ridden dry cleaner, Sand-hyun, who would rather see babies in the care of relatives than grow up in an orphanage. Neon owns the North American rights to the film.
Tarik Saleh received the best screenplay award for the film sky boy. Saleh took a photo of the audience before thanking the jury. He dedicates this award to young filmmakers, to tell their stories. Boy from Heaven is a spy thriller set in Cairo, Egypt. The film was banned in Egypt, as it was seen as an “unflattering” portrayal of their national police.
The Best Actress award went to Zar Amir Ebrahimi for her role in holy spider, directed by Ali Abbasi, a crime thriller based on the true story of a serial killer. Utopia bought the North American rights, while MUBI acquired the rights for the UK and Ireland, Latin America and Malaysia.
The Camera d’Or, which rewards the best first feature film, was awarded to war pony, directed by Gina Gammell and Riley Keough. A special mention was given to Diet 75directed by Hayakawa Chie.
The best short film was awarded to The murmurs of water, directed by Jianying Chen. A special mention was given to Loriby Abinash Bikram Shah.