It’s been a very strong Cannes this year and while the favourites may have fallen a bit by the wayside, the diverse filmmakers appearing in the Competition section have done well…
JUST a few hours ago, the Cannes Film Festival announced its award winners for 2019.
The top prize – the Palme d’Or went to Korean director Bong-Joon ho.
Ho is a veteran of Cannes having screened five films there in all. His most recent was ‘Okja’ in 2017 (see our review here).
He created history by becoming the first Korean in film history to win the top prize.
The Grand Prix was taken by the first black woman to have a film competition as director.
Mati Diop’s ‘Atlantique’ is a deep meditation on migration, heartache, dreaming – and masculine indifference, set in modern day Dakar, Senegal.
Surprisingly, the Dardenne Brothers picked up the director award for ‘Young Ahmed’. While www.asianculturevulture.com enjoyed the film and rate it, others were less impressed, saying it lacked sophistication and had a limp end.
Two jury prizes were shared by ‘Les Miserables’ by French Ladj Ly and the Brazilian ‘Bacurau’ by Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles. Acv saw ‘Bacurau’ and thought it a tremendous revenge-type drama, if a little violent.
There was a British triumph in the female acting category with Emily Beecham for her leading role in the English title, ‘Little Joe’ (a co-BBC film) by Austrian Jessica Hausner. ACV saw ‘Little Joe’ and can heartily endorse Beecham’s prize – she plays opposite the better-known, Ben Whishaw. ‘Little Joe’ is certainly different but a rather large hole at the centre of it stops it from being completely likeable.
Perhaps rather more predictably, Antonio Banderas took the male acting prize in the film, ‘Pain and Glory’ (‘Dolor Y Gloria’) in Pedro Almodovar’s exacting study of an ageing film director.
Many people’s hopes of Céline Sciamma winning a prize were met when she took the best screenplay for ‘Portrait de la jeune fille feu’ (‘Portrait of a lady on fire’).
The jury headed up by its president, Alejandro González Iñárritu and comprising Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Paweł Pawlikowski, also awarded a special mention to ‘It must be heaven’ by Elia Suleiman.