Cannes 2019, the "Parasite" Korean won the Golden Palm. Out of Bellocchio's Italy
The last hero, Rocky-Rambo-Stallone, was also dismissed and the Korean Bong Joon-ho for Parasite was released by the jury in the ring of the Festival. The Golden Palm is a story of the rich against the poor, of the basement and the villa, between grotesque moods and splatter moods: "I didn't prepare speeches, I didn't expect it, I'm honored, French cinema influenced me, Clouzot and Chabrol over all".
The Traitor was betrayed by Cannes: a bitter epilogue despite the applause, Bellocchio's film on the Mafia regretful Tommaso Buscetta comes out defeated. The director, in his fifth time in the competition, perhaps did not believe it, after the screening he left immediately for Italy, but there are those who said he had returned to Rome for bad luck. It will be back with Sony sales in North and South America, plus Australia. The president of the jury, the Mexican director Inàrritu, says: "Our reward does not reflect the opinion of a few people".
Women and politics win, defeated Tarantino, in the theater and never on TV. Grand prize of the jury in Atlantique di Mati Diop with his story of the boat people of Senegal: it was the first African director competing in Cannes. Jury Prize to the Brazilian Bacurau by Kleber Mendoncha Filho and Juliano Dornelles, and to Les Misérables by Lady Ly, set in the banlieue where the director grew up and the novel by Victor Hugo is set; gypsies, Muslims, Nigerian prostitutes, guards and thieves in a powder district: "It is the misery that binds all the inhabitants of that community". Best director of the Festival's deans, the two-time Belgian Palme d'Or, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Le Jeune Ahmed on the Islamic radicalism of a teenager): "In this age of populism, ours is a call to life, to openness, to differences ».
The celebration of Pedro Almodovar, the favorite on the eve that tells the autumn of his life far from the colorful youthful impertinences, has not existed. For the seventh time in the race, you have never won La Palma. But there is Antonio Banderas who wins as an actor, his alter ego in the melancholy and autobiographical Dolor y Gloria: "It is no mystery that he is my character, Pedro, my mentor". Best actress Emily Beecham for Jessica Hasner's Little Joe.
Of the four directors of the 21 in the competition, Céline Sciamma's Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, a costume film about female love and the erosion of feelings, was indicated as the most successful, for merits and not for genre: she won for the film script. Stallone on the red carpet pretends to be boxing a few meters from Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve who comments, surprise: "It's the paroxysm of cinema!" Started quietly with the zombies of Jim Jarmusch, here is the whole crowd of the Festival, tribe of heroes and martyrs, zombies worn down by vetoes, rows and metal detectors, which after two weeks raises the curtains on this confusing, crazy, redundant baroque circus for images. Goodbye, Delon and bow tie.