The 75th Cannes Film Festival is over and the global group of industry insiders, film fanatics, press and influencers have all made the long journey home. But before everyone put down their last wand, there was the matter of looking at the rewards.
Bearing in mind that some of the hottest titles causing a stir at the French Rivera festival aren’t actually in competition (i.e. Top Gun: Maverick can send jets flying over the beach leaving trails of red, white and blue smoke but winning nothing), this year’s winners are household names provided your home is the international film festival circuit.
swedish director Ruben Ostlund now joins the very exclusive club of twice winners of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s first prize. His last, triangle of sadness, beat 20 other contenders. Class-conscious satire stars Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Deanand Woody Harrelson frolicking on yachts and getting botox injections. Östlund won the Palme in 2017 for The placeand his 2014 Force Majeure (redone in Downhill with Will Ferrell and Julia Louis Dreyfus) won the jury prize at the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes.
Östlund’s brace puts him in the league with Francis Ford Coppola, Bill August, Emir Kusturica, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, Jean Pierreand Luc DardenneShōhei Imamura and his compatriot Alf Sjöberg.
This year’s second prize, the Grand Prix, was tied. Belgium Lucas Dhontcoming out of his controversial drama Daughterwon with close, focusing on the friendship of two young boys. He shared with the French director Claire Dennis for Stars at noon, in which Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwynbetter known in most countries of the world as by Taylor Swift boyfriend, are stuck in a Central American country during the COVID-19 lockdown. (The story is based on a novel by Denis Johnson; the pandemic was the Nicaraguan Revolution in the original.) While Denis is a respected filmmaker with an enormous amount of substantial work under her belt, this novella has been criticized by many many critics (she scored a close last spot on the Screen Daily grid), so her victory led some to cringe, while others exclaimed that her split was further proof of her genius.