The Palme d’Or of the Cannes International Film Festival was awarded on Saturday evening to South Korean director Bong Joon-ho of “Parasite”.
Awarded unanimously by the jury, the prize was awarded by the famous French actress Catherine Deneuve.
“Parasite” competed with twenty other films for the Palme d’Or awarded last year to “Une affaire de famille” by Japanese artist Kore-Eda. For the second consecutive year, the Asian cinema leaves with the supreme reward of the festival.
The Grand Prix was awarded to the Franco-Senegalese Mati Diop for his film Atlantic, while the jury prize went to the French Ladj Ly for his film “Les Miserables”, tied with Bacurau Brazilians Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles.
The Best Actress Award went to Antonio Banderas of Spain for “Pain and Glory” of Pedro Almodovar, and to the Anglo-American Emily Beecham Award for “Little Joe” by Jessica Hausner.
Chaired by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, the jury included Greek directors Yorgos Lanthimos, Frenchman Robin Campillo, American Kelly Reichardt, and other artists including cartoonist Enki Bilal and actress Elle Fanning, the youngest of the 21-year-old jury.
The festival was marked this year by the awarding of a gold medal of honor to the French actor Alain Delon to “honor his magnificent presence in the history of the 7th Art”.
Morocco participated in this festival with two feature films “Adam” by director Meryem Touzani, in the section “Un Certain Regard” and “The Miracle of the Unknown Saint” by Alaa Eddine Aljem, who was in the running for the 58th week of criticism, a parallel section of the Festival.
Here is also the list of prizes awarded by the Cannes Film Festival:
Palme d’Or: Parasite of South Korean Bong Joon-ho
Grand Prix: Franco-Senegalese Atlantic Mati Diop
Jury Prize: Les Misérables du French Ladj Ly, tied with Bacurau of the Brazilians Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Prize of the staging: the Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne for the young Ahmed
Award for Best Actor: Spaniard Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory of Pedro Almodovar
Best Actress Award: Emily Beecham’s Anglo-American for Little Joe by Jessica Hausner
Scenario Award: Portrait of the girl on fire by the French Céline Sciamma
Special Mention of the Jury: It Must Be Heaven by Elia Suleiman
Camera d’or: Nuestras madres of the Guatemalan César Diaz
Palme d’Or Short Film: The distance between the sky and us from the Greek Vasilis Kekatos
Special mention of the short film: Monstruos Dios of Argentina Agustina San Marti