The winners of the 75th Cannes Film Festival have been announced.
21 films were in Competition at the high-profile film festival this year, including David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, Kelly Reichardt’s Showing Up, James Gray’s Armaggedon Time, and Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave, among others. The Jury was led by French actor Vincent Lindon and included Jeff Nichols, Rebecca Hall, Deepika Padukone, Noomi Rapace, Jasmine Trinca, Joachim Trier, Asghar Farhadi, and Lady Ly.
The top honour of Palme d’or (Best Film) went to Triangle of Sadness, marking the second time director Ruben Ã–stlund took home the coveted prize (he previously won for his 2017 film, The Square). Best director went to acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) for his drama-thriller Decision to Leave, with Best Actor and Best Actress going to Song Kang-ho for Broker and Zar Amir Ebrahimi for Holy Spider, respectively.
We’ve drawn up the complete list of winners below and included the trailers and clips that have been made available for the titles so far. Film lovers may want to take note: you may be seeing a lot more of some of these pictures as they head on distribution paths.
Palme d’or (Best Film)
- TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, directed by Ruben Ã–STLUND (The Square, Force Majeure)
After Fashion Week, Carl and Yaya, a couple of models and influencers, are invited on a yacht for a luxury cruise. While the crew takes great care of the vacationers, the captain refuses to leave his cabin as the famous gala dinner approaches. Events take an unexpected turn and the balance of power is reversed when a storm rises and endangers the comfort of passengers…
Grand Prix – Grand Prize of the Festival, the second-most prestigious prize of the festival. (This year, jointly awarded):
- CLOSE, directed by Lukas DHONT (Girl)
The intense friendship between two thirteen-year-old boys LÃ©o and RÃ©mi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, LÃ©o approaches Sophie, RÃ©mi’s mother. “Close” is a film about friendship and responsibility.
- STARS AT NOON, directed by Claire DENIS (High Life, Beau Travail)
A young American journalist stranded in present-day Nicaragua (Margaret Qualley) falls for an enigmatic Englishman (Joe Alwyn) who seems like her best chance of escape. She soon realizes, though, that he may be in even greater danger than she is.
Award for Best Director
- PARK Chan-Wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) for HEOJIL KYOLSHIM (DECISION TO LEAVE)
Hae-Joon, a seasoned detective, investigates the suspicious death of a man on a mountaintop. Soon, he begins to suspect Sore, the deceased’s wife, while being unsettled by his attraction to her.
Award for Best Screenplay
- Tarik SALEH (Metropia, The Nile Hilton Incident) for WALAD MIN AL JANNA (BOY FROM HEAVEN)
Adam, the son of a fisherman, is offered the ultimate privilege to study at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicenter of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival in Cairo the university’s highest ranking religious leader, the Grand Imam, suddenly dies and Adam soon becomes a pawn in a ruthless power struggle between Eqypt’s religious and political elite.
Jury Prize (jointly awarded)
- EO directed by Jerzy SKOLIMOWSKI (11 Minutes, Essential Killing)
The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life’s path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.
- LE OTTO MONTAGNE (THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS) directed by Charlotte VANDERMEERSCH & Felix VAN GROENINGEN (Beautiful Boy, The Broken Circle Breakdown)
The Eight Mountains is the story of a friendship. Of children becoming men who try to erase the footprints of their fathers, but who, through the twists and turns they take, always end up returning home. Pietro is a boy from the city, Bruno is the last child of a forgotten mountain village. Over the years Bruno remains faithful to his mountain, while Pietro is the one who comes and goes. Their encounters introduce them to love and loss, reminding them of their origins, letting their destinies unfold, as Pietro and Bruno discover what it means to be true friends for life.
75th anniversary Prize
- TORI ET LOKITA (TORI AND LOKITA) directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc DARDENNEÂ (Two Days One Night, The Kid with a Bike, The Child)
In Belgium today, a young boy and an adolescent girl who have travelled alone from Africa pit their invincible friendship against the difficult conditions of their exile.
Award for Best Actress
- Zar AMIR EBRAHIMI (Tehran Taboo) in HOLY SPIDER, directed by Ali ABBASI (Border, Shelley)
A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called “Spider Killer”, who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners.
Award for Best Actor
- SONG Kang-ho (Parasite, The Host) in BROKER, directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows)
One rainy night, a baby is left at the baby box facility. Sang-hyun and Dong-soo secretly take it home. However, the next day, So-young unexpectedly returns, looking for her baby Woo-sung. She decides to call the police when she finds out that her boy is missing. The two men’s explanation that they took him to find suitable parents willing to adopt him is hard to believe, but with nowhere left to go, she decides to join their mission to find new parents for her boy. Meanwhile, the police detective Su-jin and her subordinate Detective LEE have been investigating the case for the past 6 months, waiting for the decisive moment when they can catch the duo in act. This group of people, brought together by a baby box, set off on a journey that will lead to destinations they never expected.
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Prize (Recognises young talent and encourages innovative and daring works. The winner is granted aid in its distribution in France.
- LES PIRES (THE WORST ONES) directed by Lise AKOKA & Romane GUERET
A film shooting will take place at the citÃ© Picasso, in the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer, in the north of France. During the casting, four teenagers, Lily, Ryan, Maylis and Jessy are chosen to play in the film. Everyone in the neighborhood is surprised: why only take the “worst ones”?
- JOYLAND directed by Saim SADIQ
As the Ranas – a happily patriarchal joint family – yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line, their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story slowly illuminates the entire Rana family’s desire for a sexual rebellion.
Best Director Prize
- Alexandru BELC (Cinema, mon amour) for METRONOM
Romania, the autumn of the year 1972. Ana, a 17 year-old teenager, finds out that her boyfriend will flee the country for good in a few days. The two lovers decide to spend their last days together.
Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)
- Vicky KRIEPS (Phantom Thread, Old) in CORSAGE directed by Marie KREUTZERÂ (The Ground Beneath My Feet, The Fatherless)
Empress Elizabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sisi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elizabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elizabeth rebels against the hyperbolised image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
- Adam BESSA (Extraction, Mosul) in HARKA directed by Lotfy NATHAN (12 O’Clock Boys)
Ali is a young Tunisian who dreams of a better life and ekes out a lonely existence selling contraband oil on the black market. When his father dies, he is forced to care for his two younger sisters who have been left to their own devices in a house from which they will soon be evicted. As he wrestles with the sudden weight of responsibility and the injustices he faces, anger and indignation stir within Ali ““ that of a generation still fighting to be heard more than a decade after the revolution–
Best Screenplay Prize
- MEDITERRANEAN FEVER directed by Maha HAJÂ (Personal Affairs)
Waleed (40) lives in Haifa with his wife and children and dreams of a writing career while suffering from chronic depression. He develops a close relationship with his neighbor (a small-time crook) with an ulterior plot in mind. While the scheme turns into an unexpected friendship between the two men, it leads them into a journey of dark encounters.
Coup de cÅ“ur Prize
- RODEO directed by Lola QUIVORON
A young marginal woman, Julia, lives in small schemes and devotes an all-consuming, almost animal passion for motorcycling. One summer day, she will meet a group of bikers who are fans of cross-bitumen, this fashion which consists of driving at full speed and performing acrobatic tricks with her machine, most of the time without a helmet. The heroine will infiltrate this clandestine environment, made up mainly of young men, before an accident weakens her position within the gang.
CamÃ©ra d’or (Rewarding the best first film of the Festival)
- WAR PONY directed by Riley KEOUGH and Gina GAMMELL, presented as part of the UN CERTAIN REGARD Official Selection
‘WAR PONY follows the interlocking stories of two Lakota boys growing up on Pine Ridge Reservation. At 23, Bill just wants to make something of himself. Whether it’s siphoning gas, delivering goods or breeding Poodles, he is determined to hustle his way to the “American Dream”. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Matho can’t wait to become a man. Desperate for approval from his young father, a series of impulsive decisions turns Matho’s life upside down and he finds himself unequipped to deal with the harsh realities of the adult world. Bound by their shared search for belonging, each of the boys grapple with identity, family, and loss, as they navigate their unique paths to manhood.
- PLAN 75 directed by HAYAKAWA Chie
In a Japan of the near future, government program Plan 75 encourages senior citizens to be voluntarily euthanized to remedy a super-aged society. An elderly woman whose means of survival are vanishing, a pragmatic Plan 75 salesman, and a young Filipino laborer face choices of life and death.
- HAI BIAN SHENG QI YI ZUO XUAN YA (THE WATER MURMURS) directed by JIANYING CHEN
- LORI (MELANCHOLY OF MY MOTHER’S LULLABIES) directed by Abinash Bikram SHAH
Created in 1998 and devoted to the search for new talent, La Cinef selects fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all over the world.
- IL BARBIERE COMPLOTTISTA (A Conspiracy Man) directed by Valerio FERRARAÂ
In a lower-class neighborhood in Rome, there is a barber who believes in conspiracy theories. He is the laughing stock of his family but also at work. Nobody takes him seriously until he gets arrested by the police.
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italie
- DI ER (Somewhere) directed by LI Jiahe
A beer drinking party is organized by the owner of a paper mill “Fat man” and his employee “Blurred”, in order to celebrate the release of “Bald head” from prison. An unexpected event forces “Fat man” and “Bald head” to start a search for “a blurred good place”, with a river and trees–
Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, Chine
Joint Third Prize
- GLORIOUS REVOLUTION directed by Masha NOVIKOVA
In 2014, at the height of the Ukrainian revolution, a mother loses her son who is killed while protesting in Independence Square. Her attempt to bury him as a hero clashes with a corrupt bureaucratic system, testing her view of Ukraine.
London Film School, Royaume Uni
- LES HUMAINS SONT CONS QUAND ILS S’EMPILENT (Humans Are Dumber When Crammed up Together) directed by LaurÃ¨ne FERNANDEZ
Locked up in their own apartments, some neighbors tell the camera about the little troubles of life in community. Little by little, when everything piles up, it’s enough to drive one mad.
La CinÃ©Fabrique, France
Higher Technical Commission (CST)
The CST jury has awarded the CST ARTIST-TECHNICIAN AWARD 2022 to the entire sound crew headed up by AndrÃ©as Franck, Bent Holm, Jacob Ilgner and Jonas Rudels for the film TRIANGLE OF SADNESS by Ruben Ã–stlund and the CST Young Film Technician Award to Marion Burger, head set designer for the film UN PETIT FRÃˆRE (MOTHER AND SON) by LÃ©onor Serraille.