A tense courtroom drama about a writer accused of murdering her husband won the Palme d’Or at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, capping off a strong year for female directors.
French director Justine Triet’s tense and icy drama “Anatomy of Autumn,” led by German actress Sandra Hueller, won the festival’s award on Saturday. top prize.
In her acceptance speech, Triet slammed President Emmanuel Macron’s government for “cracking down” on pension protests and its cultural policies.
“The commercialization of culture supported by this neoliberal government is breaking down the cultural exception in France, without which I wouldn’t be here today,” she said.
Autumn’s Anatomy, and a stellar performance by “Massie” – the border collie who plays a pivotal role in the film and won the Palm Dog Award a day earlier.
This year’s Cannes field featured a record seven women out of 21 entrants, and many films feature complex female characters.
Hueller also starred in one of the competition’s most shocking films, Zone of Interest, a harrowing and unique look at the private lives of a Nazi family in Auschwitz, which earned it the runner-up spot in the Grand Prix.
The film from cult British director Jonathan Glazer, his first in 10 years, never directly shows the horrors of the concentration camps, but rather through unsettling background noise and tiny visuals Details suggest these scenes.
Hueller grimly portrays the wife of a Nazi commander, happily tending her garden and boasting that she is “Queen of Auschwitz”.
Glazer thanked British novelist Martin Amis, on whom the film is partly based, who died a week ago, a day after the film’s premiere.
The jury of nine film professionals was led by last year’s winner, Ruben Österlund (The Sorrows Triangle), and included Hollywood stars Paul Dano and Brie Larson.
“fighting for her life”
Best director went to Vietnamese-born French filmmaker Tran Anh Hung for The Pot-au-Feu, a glorious tribute to French gastronomy loved by many international critics but seemingly left many local Experts are indifferent.
He thanked his star, Juliette Binoche, saying she was “brilliant in the film”.
Best actor went to Japan’s Koji Yakusho for Perfect Days, who thanked his German director Wim Wenders for creating a “magnificent character” about a Tokyo toilet cleaner with a complex backstory.
Turkey’s Merve Dizdar made the surprise choice for Best Actress, her latest for “About Dry Grasses” by previous Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
She said she played “someone who was fighting for her life and she overcame a lot.”
“I live somewhere in the country, which allows me to fully understand who she is,” she added.
It’s been a strong year for women at the Cannes Film Festival.
Hollywood legend Jane Fonda recalled her first visit to Cannes in 1963 as the Palme d’Or was presented.
“There were no female directors competing at the time, and we never even thought about the problem,” she said. “We’ve come a long way.”
The jury’s third prize went to Aki Kaurismaki, whose sweet, deadpan and very Finnish film “Falling Leaves” won a huge ovation from the festival audience.
The veteran director wasn’t there, but his cast members sent a text saying he was “deeply honored.”
The 76th edition of the world’s premier cinema event was particularly bright, with out-of-competition world premieres of new films from Indiana Jones and Martin Scorsese.
Glazer accepted the award from Quentin Tarantino and director Roger Corman, 97.
Corman’s presence is fitting, as the festival often feels like a dream nursing home populated by Hollywood’s aging male icons.
Harrison Ford, 80, was in tears as he received the honorary Palme d’Or ahead of the premieres of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Clock of Destiny.”
Martin Scorsese, also 80, said he was delighted to be in competition with his Native American epic “Killers of the Flower Moon,” joking to AFP, “It’s It’s time for the others. I’m leaving. There are kids around.”
European directors Ken Loach, 86, Marco Bellocchio, 83, and Victor Erice, 82, all brought new films to the festival.