Chaired by director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Jury of the 72nd Festival de Cannes unveiled the winners of the various prizes at the Awards Ceremony and awarded the Palme d’Or to Parasite by Korean director Bong Joon-Ho.
Palme d’Or to Parasite
After a Red Carpet always so glamorous, studded with international stars and muses, the closing ceremony of the Festival of Cannes 2019 welcomed the laureates on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière with Edouard Baer as Master of Ceremonies. The Palme d’Or has crowned the talent of Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (Okja) for his film Parasite, awarded among twenty-one films in Official Competition.
As last year with A Family Affair by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan), the film awarded at the Cannes Film Festival honors humble and modest people seeking to survive in the reigning capitalism.
Satire of ultra liberalism
Parasite portrays a family of forgotten ones of ultra-liberalism who rubs shoulders with a wealthy family to get out of unemployment. Alas, the borders between poor and rich people are impenetrable and no one will escape unscathed from the final confrontation. A dantesque scene of the film sums up the difference of class: under a downpour, the poor family father and his two children flee the rich family’s home, using to reach the basement that is their home a succession of zigzag stairs depicting the descent along the social levels. Arrived at the bottom of the social ladder, the overflowing sewers are awaiting the poor ones… But beware, the splashing of the shallows may well reach the privileged one day or other, if the ultra rich keep being autists!
Hors Normes talks about autism
At the end of the Cérémonie du Palmarès of this 72nd edition, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache presented their film Hors Normes to a parterre of stars and personalities from the cinema, the fashion and the arts.
Hors Normes focuses on the awakening of children and adolescents with autism. Autistic people have difficulty communicating with the outside world, but when stimulated, one can enrich their sensory heritage. It is the priesthood that Bruno (Vincent Cassel) and Malik (Reda Kateb) have been practicing for 20 years.
The 2019 awards winners list
Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho
Atlantique by Mati Diop
ex-aequo Les Misérables by Ladj Ly and Bacurau by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Best Director Prize
Le Jeune Ahmed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Céline Sciamma for Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu
Best Performance by an actress
Emily Beecham in Little Joe by Jessica Hausner
Best Performance by an actor
Antonio Banderas in Dolor y Gloria de Pedro Almodovar
Mention Spéciale du Jury
It Must Be Heaven by Elia Suleiman
Nuestras Madres by César Diaz
Short Film Palme d’or
The Distance Between the Sky and Us by Vasilis Kekatos
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The Red Carpet of Hors Normes in pictures with Sylvester Stallone
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