On Saturday, May 19th, during the closing ceremony of the 71st Cannes International Film Festival hosted by Edouard Baer, the jury presided by Cate Blanchett gave its verdict. Discover the list of prize-winning movies of this new edition.
This year, the jury decided to give the “prix du scenario” to two feature films: Lazzaro felice, an Italian drama written by Alice Rohrwacher, and Three faces, directed by Iranian filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos who had already received the Caméra d’Or in 1995 for The White Ball. The “Prix du Jury” was attributed to the movie Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki, which plunges the spectators at the heart of the troubled societies of the Middle East. Salma Yeslyamova received the “prix d’interprétation feminine” for her performance in Sergei Dvortsevoy’s Ayka. The “prix d’interprétation masculine” was awarded to Marcello Fonte who plays a groomer who becomes a criminal in Matteo Garrone’s Dogman. The “prix de la mise en scène” was given to Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War and Spike Lee received the “Grand Prix” for Blackkklansman, a movie that met a formidable success when it was presented during the Festival and marked the return of the great American director in Cannes.
The jury of the Cannes Film Festival chose to offer a special Palme d’Or to Jean-Luc Godard for the wonderful Le Livre d’Image because Cate Blanchett wanted to pay tribute to a man who pushes cinema forward. Eventually, the Palme d’Or was awarded to Shoplifters, a drama directed by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-Eda in which a poor family rescues a little girl in the street.
The jury of the Camera d’Or (which is attributed to the best first feature film), presided by Swiss director Ursula Meier, decided to honour Girl by Belgian director Lukas Dhont.
In the Un Certain Regard category, the “Grand Prix” was attributed to the Swedish movie Borders by Ali Abbasi. The “prix de la mise en scène” was awarded to Donbass, a drama taking place during the war in Ukraine directed by Sergei Loznitsa. Victor Polster received the “prix de la performance d’acteur” for his role in the film Girl. The jury presided by Benicio Del Toro also decided to give a special prize to Brazilian movie The Dead and the others directed by Joao Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora.
So, this year, once again, the Festival remained faithful to its history and its original goal honouring independent and demanding movies that tackle topical issues.