“Anatomy of a fall” by Justine Triet wins the Palme d’Or; Third woman to win the top prize

UPDATE: French filmmaker Justine Triet has become the third woman to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in its 76-year history, winning the prize for Anatomy of a fall. She joins Jane Campion (1993’s The piano), and, more recently, Julia Ducournau who won for Titanium in 2021 (Ducournau was also part of the jury this year).

Anatomy of a fall follows Sandra (Sandra Hüller), a German writer, her French husband Samuel and their eleven-year-old son Daniel, who live an isolated life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow under their cabin, the police wonder if he committed suicide or was killed. Samuel’s death is treated as a suspicious and presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the prime suspect.

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In his review, Deadline’s Damon Wise called it a “brain smash” that “subverts the pleasures of genre convention to explore issues of schadenfreude and mere morbid human curiosity”.

Neon scooped it up during the festival, giving the distributor bragging rights to the past four Palme d’Or winners, including Triangle of Sadness, Titanium And Parasite.

Triet was preceded on stage by Jane Fonda who spoke before jury president Ruben Ostlund announced the victory. Said Fonda, “The last time I came (to the festival) was in 1963, many of you weren’t even born yet… There were no female directors competing at that time. and it never occurred to us that there was anything wrong with it… We’ve made progress, but we still have a long way to go. , perhaps presaging what was about to happen, “we have to celebrate change when it happens. This year is the first time there are seven female directors in competition.”

Triet was adamant in her acceptance, saying she couldn’t just talk about the “joy” she felt, but also addressing the recent social unrest in France over age-of-death reforms. retirement.

She said, “This year, our country has seen a historic conflict… This conflict has been shockingly denied and suppressed, and this increasingly uninhibited dominant power model is erupting in many areas; obviously socially that’s where it shocks the most, but we also see it in all spheres of society, and cinema is no exception. The commodification of culture defended by the neoliberal government breaks the French cultural exception. I dedicate this prize to all young female and male directors and to those who today are incapable of making films. We see ourselves making room for them, the place I took 15 years ago in a slightly less hostile world that still considered it possible to make mistakes and start over.

Earlier in the evening, Quentin Tarantino took the stage to introduce Roger Corman. The 97-year-old filmmaker and mentor to countless others received a standing ovation and called Cannes “the most interesting film festival in the world”. To the audience, he said, “You’re really lucky to be a part of it.”

Other winners included Jonathan Glazer The area of ​​interest who won the Grand Prix; Tran Anh Hung who won Best Director for Stew; and an absent Aki Kaurismaki, whose Dead leaves received the Jury Prize. (See below for the full list of winners.)

John C Reilly, meanwhile, presented the award for Best Screenplay (Yuji Sakamato, Freak) and, without mentioning it directly, referenced the ongoing WGA strike. Arriving on stage, he stopped for a while without saying anything. When he finally spoke, he said, “What we just went through is what a movie would look like without writers.”

PREVIOUS, 11:30 a.m. PT: The 76th Cannes Film Festival ends this evening with the main awards, including the Palme d’Or, which will be presented by Ruben Ostlund’s jury inside the Palace. Scroll down for the list of winners which is updated as prizes are announced.

It’s been a busy and lively fortnight here on the Riviera, which started with Johnny Depp-starring Jeanne du Barry and continuing with the star-studded world premieres of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate and Martin Scorsese The Moonflower Slayers, all out of competition. In the main race are 21 films including titles from top filmmakers like Wes Anderson (city ​​of asteroids) and Todd Haynes (May December) as well as previous Palme d’Or winners Nuri Bilge Ceylan (About Dry Grasses), Nanni Moretti (Il Sol Dell’Avvenire), Ken Loach (The old oak tree), Wim Wenders(perfect days) and Hirokazu Kore-eda (Freak).

One of the best reviews was from Jonathan Glazer, The Area of ​​interestby Alice Rohrwacher The Chimera and Aki Kaurismaki Dead leaves next to perfect days And may december.

However, everything is to be won because the Cannes juries are anything but predictable. This year, double Palme d’Or winner Ostlund as well as director Maryam Touzani, actor Denis Ménochet, writer/director Rungano Nyoni, actress/director Brie Larson, actor/director Paul Dano, writer Atiq Rahimi, director Damián Szifron and director Julia Ducournau.

We’ll know more in a moment, so check back and update us on the winners below:

Palme d’Or
Anatomy of a fallDir: Justine Triet

Grand Prize
The area of ​​interestdirector: Jonathan Glazer

Best Director
Tranh Anh Hung, Stew

Jury Prize
Dead leavesDir: Aki Kaurismaki

Best Screenplay
Yuji Sakamato, Freak

Best Actress
Merve Dizdar, About Dry Grasses

Best actor
Koji Yakusho, perfect days

Golden Camera
Inside the yellow cocoon shellDir: Thien An Pham

Short Film Palme d’Or
27dir: Flora Anna Buda

Special mention:
FarDir: Gunnur Martinsdottir Schluter

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