Cannes: a record that will not be unanimous

The winners of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival will not be unanimous. If the Golden Palm awarded unanimously to Bong Joon-ho for the formidable “Parasite” is fully deserved, some awards given by the jury under the presidency of Alejandro González Iñárritu, are very debatable, starting with the Grand price obtained by “Atlantic”.
I s is only the opinion of nine people in the world, wanted to remind the president Iñárritu. Regardless of whether you agree, the good news is that “the works will live forever,” said the Mexican director. There are still big forgotten: Malick and Loach, among others.

At least, the Palme d’Or awarded to Bong Joon-ho, his second competing presence, will not shock anyone, even if the story resembles that of A family story , winning last year, in a style very different, however. “I am really honored and surprised, especially by this unanimity. I want to thank the directors [Henri-Georges] Clouzot and Claude Chabrol, “said the South Korean, stressing his love for French cinema.

Still, whether or not the jury’s choices are consistent. These are works that have a strong socio-political impact. “Most movies talk about injustice. It’s a message. All the themes of the list are urgent. The cinema must try to raise the social conscience everywhere in the world. It would be wrong to believe that our selection was based on political choices. We should have no other consideration than the movies themselves. We did not want to transmit any message. The cinema speaks for itself, “said Alejandro González Iñárritu at a press conference.

Big surprise, nevertheless, Atlantic of the French Mati Diop got the favor of the jury for the Grand Prix. This first feature film relates the backlash among relatives of migrants trying to reach Europe. Upset, the director was searching for her words. “I find that a little crazy.” We too.

Another choice that caused some murmurs among the journalists present at the awards ceremony was that of the female performer, won by Britain’s Emily Beecham for her role in Little Joe , one of the weakest feature films in the competition. Virginie Efira and Adele Haenel had my favor.

Viggo Mortensen delivered a touching tribute, in French, to Agnès Varda before handing the prize for the production to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le jeune Ahmed . A surprising choice, heckled by journalists. This film about a 13-year-old teenager who is radicalized is “an ode to life in these dark and difficult times. We wanted to film a call to life, difference and openness, “said the eldest brother.

Céline Sciamma was awarded the scenario prize for her beautiful portrait of the girl on fire . The French director took the opportunity to thank her actresses Adèle Heanel and Noémie Merlant. Another reward for the drama, the Queer Palm, which highlights a work of different selections for its treatment of LGBT themes.

Dolan empty-handed

Xavier Dolan went away empty handed from the competition. Slight consolation, Jean-Michel Blais, who composed the music of Matthias & Maxime , was awarded the honorary prize of the jury of Cannes Soundtrack, which rewards the best soundtracks of the films of the competition.

Another big loser of this 72nd edition: Pedro Almodóvar. The Spanish director has not managed to conquer the famous Palme d’Or missing his career with Pain and Glory .

However, Antonio Banderas won the Best Actor Award. The Spanish actor, in Almodóvar’s alter ego, whose eighth feature film with the great filmmaker, is staggering in this restrained role. “You have no idea how I would like to speak in French. Thierry Frémaux [the General Delegate of the Festival] asked me how long it took me to get here: 40 years. It’s my night of glory, “said the one who was often named, without winning a prestigious award. But it’s a bit bitter, because I would have liked Pedro to be here too. It’s like the title, pain and glory … ”

The joint jury award was presented by Michael Moore, who took the opportunity to throw a spike to Donald Trump, Les Miserables de Ladj Ly and Bucurao from Brazil’s Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles – a surprise for this average film. The French director, who grew up in the suburbs where the drama takes place, said he does not forget where he came from. “My film talks about the [sometimes difficult] relationships of different communities and their only common enemy is misery.”

Elia Suleiman won a special mention for It Must Be Heaven , filmed partly in Quebec. Earlier in the afternoon, the Palestinian director said he would like to return to Montreal, a city he loved.

Nuestas Madres of Guatemalan César Diaz left with the Caméra d’or, which rewards the first feature film, all sections combined. The Greek Vasilis Kekatos was the jury choice for the Palme d’Or short film with The distance between heaven and us .

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