Awards ceremony in Cannes - A strong year of cinema
The jury in Cannes showed a happy hand this year when it came to choosing the winners - and largely left big names empty-handed. The best film was the satire “Parasite” from South Korea about a poor family who infiltrates a rich family.
And it comes as no surprise: The black-humorous social satire "Parasite" about a poor family that slips into a rich household has been a great favorite for days. Bong has appeared in the Cannes competition several times, most recently two years ago with his Netflix production "Okja", but for the first time ever the Golden Palm went to South Korea. And Asian cinema won for the second time in a row - after “Shoplifters” by Kore-eda Hirokazu last year.
It was Rambo actor Silvester Stallone who introduced the second most important prize, the Grand Prix of the jury. It was given to a debutante, the French-Senegalese director Mati Diop. Her ghost and migration drama “Atlantique” was one of four films in the competition that were directed by women.
Another director was also honored: the French Celine Sciamma. She received the award for the best screenplay for her love film "Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu".
The jury's controversial decision includes the award for best director. He went to the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Her drama “Young Ahmed” about a young Muslim radicalizing and trying to kill his teacher had largely failed the criticism.
All in all, however, the jury showed a happy hand in choosing the prizes. This year's competition with its 21 films was a strong year. Many big names were there, including Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick and Ken Loach. However, they ultimately went away empty handed at the award ceremony.
The Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is a permanent guest in the Cannes competition. Many had wished that he would finally win a golden palm with his highly acclaimed autobiographical melodrama "Pain and Glory".
"I met Pedro Almodóvar 40 years ago," said Banderas. “We made eight films together. I respect and admire and love him. He has given me so much in my whole life that this award is dedicated to him. ”
It was the most beautiful moment of the award ceremony, an evening that once again celebrated the art of film. It is now to be hoped that as many of the films as possible will also come to the cinema in Germany.
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