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“Triangle of Sadness” wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival


“Triangle of Sadness”, a film by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, won the Palme d’or for best film at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, the festival announced.

“When we started making this movie, I think we had one goal: to really, really try to make a movie that was exciting for the audience and to bring in challenging content,” Ostlund said.

“We wanted to entertain them, we wanted them to ask questions, we wanted them to come out after the screening and have something to say,” he added.

Exploring notions of beauty and privilege, the film sends two models on a luxury cruise – only to leave them stranded on a desert island with a handful of billionaire employees and guests. The toilet attendant turns out to have the best survival skills, and social structures are turned upside down.
“The thing about Ostlund is that it makes you laugh, but it also makes you think,” Variety said in its review of the film. “No matter what sphere he enters, we are bound to see the world differently.”

Ostlund won the Palme d’Or in 2017 for his film “The Square”, a satire on a prestigious art curator.

The festival awarded the Grand Prix to two films: ‘Close’, a film by Belgian director Lukas Dhont about friendship and masculinity, and ‘Stars at Noon’, which takes place in present-day Nicaragua, French filmmaker Claire Denis.

The jury prize was also awarded to two films, “Les Huit Montagnes” by Belgian directors Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch and “EO”, by
Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, told through the eyes of a donkey.

“Thank you, my donkeys,” Skolimowski said, in his acceptance speech.

South Korean star Song Kang-ho won Best Actor for his role in ‘Broker’ while South Korean director Park Chan-wook won Best Director for his romantic thriller ‘Decision to Leave’ .

Iranian Zar Amir Ebrahimi, who won Best Actress for her role as a journalist tracking down a serial killer in ‘Holy Spider’, was visibly emotional.

“Maybe having me here tonight is just a message – especially for women, Iranian women,” she said at a press conference shortly after the ceremony when asked about an apparent outpouring of support for her on social media, which she said she hadn’t seen.

French actress Carole Bouquet has announced a surprise 75th anniversary award to mark the festival’s anniversary. It went to Belgian director brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne for “Tori et Lokita”.
For its 75th anniversary, the festival resumed its traditional schedule in May after two years of pandemic disruption and marked the return of parties and kisses – which were not allowed last year due to strict COVID protocols.

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