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‘Triangle of Sorrow’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival: NPR

Writer/director Ruben Ostlund, who won the Palme d’Or with ‘Triangle of Sorrow’, will be at the 75th Annual Cannes, Southern France, on Saturday, 28 May 2022.

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Writer/director Ruben Ostlund, who won the Palme d’Or for ‘Triangle of Sorrow’, will be at the 75th Annual Conference in Cannes, Southern France, on Saturday, 28 May 2022.

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CANNES, France — Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s class war comedy “Triangle of Sorrow” won the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, giving Ostlund one of the most prestigious awards in cinema for the second time.

Ostlund, whose art world post “The Square” received the Palme in 2017, has had the rare success of winning Cannes’ top prize for back-to-back films. The “Triangle of Sadness,” a scene that features Woody Harrelson as a Marxist yacht captain and culminates in relentless vomiting, takes the satire even further.

“After the screening (for people) we wanted to have something to go out together and talk about,” Ostlund said. “We all agree that the unique thing about cinema is that we watch it together. So we need to stock up on something to talk about, but also to have fun and have fun.”

The awards were determined by a nine-member jury chaired by French actor Vincent Lindon and presented at a closing ceremony at the Grand Lumière Theater in Cannes on Saturday.

The second prize of the jury, the Grand Prix, was split between Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s soft childhood drama “Close”. This movie follows two 13-year-old boys who are tragically separated after their intimacy is mocked by their schoolmates; and “Stars at Noon,” a Denis Johnson adaptation directed by French film legend Claire Denis, starring Margaret Qualley as a journalist in Nicaragua.

The directing award went to South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”, “The Handmaiden”) for his convoluted noir film “Decision to Leave,” a romance fused with a police procedural.

Korean star Song Kang Ho was named best actor for his performance in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s movie “Broker,” about a Korean family looking for a home for an abandoned baby.

“I want to thank everyone who appreciates Korean cinema,” said Song, who also starred in Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or-winning film “Parasite” at Cannes three years ago.

Best actress went to Zar Amir Ebrahimi for her role as a journalist in Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider”, a true crime thriller about a serial killer targeting sex workers in Iran’s religious city of Mashhad. The violent and graphic “Holy Spider” was not allowed to be shot in Iran and was instead made in Jordan. Accepting the award, Ebrahimi said the film depicted “everything impossible to show in Iran”.

The jury prize was split between Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen’s friendship story “Eight Mountains” and Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s “EO”, a donkey’s journey through brutal modern Europe.

Skolimowski thanked the six donkeys used in the movie with their names and said, “I want to thank my donkeys.”

The jury also presented a special award for the 75th Cannes to the Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, a two-time Palme winner and long-time festival regular, for their immigrant dramas “Tori and Lokita”. Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh won best screenplay at Cannes for “Child from Heaven,” a thriller set in Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque.

The Camera d’Or award for best first feature went to Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for “War Pony,” a drama about the Pine Ridge Reservation co-produced with the Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota citizens.

Saturday’s closing ceremony ended a Cannes event in 2020 that was canceled by the pandemic and sought to fully revive the annual French splurge that saw modest crowds last year. This year’s festival also opened against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which led to red carpet protests and a dialogue about the purpose of cinema in wartime.

The French body horror film “Titane” won first prize at Cannes last year, making director Julia Decournau the second female filmmaker to win the Palme. In 2019, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” triumphed at Cannes before doing the same at the Academy Awards.

The biggest Hollywood movies in Cannes this year – “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Three Thousand Years Longing” – played outside Cannes’ 21-film competition series. But their presence has helped restore some of Cannes’ charm after the pandemic has shrunk the festival for the past two years.

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