Palme d’Or Goes to Asia Again
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19 films took part in the competition programme of this year's Festival de Cannes and Palme d'Or was fought for by the directors like Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach, Pedro Almodóvar, Dardenne Brothers. But it's the second year already that one of the most well-known awards of the film world Palme d'Or is granted to an Asian film. If last year, the triumphant of the festival was Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters, this year The Grand Prix was awarded to Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho's film Parasite. The session was conducted with applauses and the audience couldn't hide delight of the Korean tragicomedy seen on the big screen.

"We all shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres and spoke in a funny, humorous, tender way - with no judgment. We were all fascinated when we saw it, and it kept growing and growing: that's why it was a unanimous decision." - explained the jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu at the press conference. Parasite - it is a movie about two families from different social classes: about the rich and the poor, who tell the story with fascinating humor and tragedy at the same time, with very characteristic faces.

After the 37 years' career, Antonio Banderas was truly worth the Cannes prize. He was awarded a prize for the best performance by an actor in Pedro Almodóvar's semi-autobiographical Pain and Glory. Gotten on the stage, Antonio honored the prize to Pedro and added - "People think we live in a red carpet, but it's not true. We suffer a lot, we sacrifice, and there is a lot of pain behind an actor of any kind. But there is also glory, and this is my night of glory."

Cannes favorite Dardenne Brothers have won Palme d'Or twice for the films Rosseta and L'Enfant. This year, almost everyone everywhere was talking about their film Young Ahmed. Film protagonist is a Muslim teenager who lives in modern Belgium and after radical Imam works him out, he tries to kill his own teacher. The Dardennes' work based on teenage or religious rebel became a winner of the best director prize.

Unfortunately, this year, Jim Jarmusch's zombie-comedy The Dead Don't Die was left without a prize. I'm sure Georgian audience is eager to see this film.

The prize was neither awarded to 82-year-old Ken Loach, who's got the Palme d'Or for the films The Wind that Shakes the Barley and I, Daniel Blake. The later one was fallen under attention of the society as soon as it got out on the big screens in The UK, due to its social themes. This year, his last work, of course, filled with social thematics again - Sorry We Missed You, was screened at cannes,. What happens when we are sitting comfortably at home, shopping online and waiting for the courier? What happens to him, what's the path he takes, what's he like or who is he at all? This time, into the camera lens of Loach got a delivery man whose everyday life, is added the images of the life of his little family and the harsh social drama comes to life on the screen.

Here's the main prizes delivered at 72nd Festival de Cannes:


  • Palme d'Or - Parasite by Bong Joon-ho
  • Best Director Prize - Young Ahmed by Dardenne Brothers
  • Jury Grand Prix - Atlantics by Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop
  • Special Jury Prize ex-aequo - Les Miserables by Ladj LY and Bacarau by Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Best Screenplay - Celine Sciamma for Portrait of Lady on Fire
  • Best Performance by an Actor - Antonio Banderas in Pain and Glory
  • Best Performance by an Actress - Emily Beecham in Little Joe
  • Best Debut - Cesar Diaz - Our Mothers










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