Sunday, 14 August, 2022

‘Triangle of Sadness’ wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

‘Triangle of Sadness’ wins Palme d'Or at Cannes
Swedish film director Ruben Ostlund poses during a photocall after he won the Palme d'Or for the film ‘Triangle of Sadness’ during the closing ceremony of the 75th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on Saturday. —AFP PHOTO

A viciously sharp satire about class conflict, with an already-infamous vomiting and pooping scene, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, the second time Swedish director Ruben Ostlund has won the prize, reports AFP.

‘Triangle of Sadness’ puts Ostlund among a select group of two-time winners of the top prize at Cannes. He first scooped the Palme in 2017 for ‘The Square’.

Now firmly established as cinema’s king of cringe, Ostlund, 48, takes a scalpel to bourgeois niceties. This time he turned his gaze on fashion models and the ultra-rich, who find their status suddenly undermined when disaster strikes a cruise ship.

An extended sequence of projectile vomiting and violent diarrhoea on the ship quickly became the talk of the festival after its premiere last week, leaving viewers either howling with laughter or turning green.

Accepting the award, Ostlund said he wanted audiences to be entertained but also ‘to ask themselves questions, to go out after the screening and have something to talk about’.

The most moving part of the ceremony was the best actress award that went to Iranian Zar Amir Ebrahimi, forced to flee her country 16 years ago following a smear campaign over her love life.

She played a journalist in ‘Holy Spider’, tracking a man who murders prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad.

“I have come a long way to be on this stage tonight,” said Ebrahimi, who now lives in Paris.

The best actor award went to Song Kang-ho -- world-famous as the father in the Oscar-winning ‘Parasite’-- for his performance in the touching adoption drama ‘Broker’ by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The runner-up Grand Prix was split between 32-year-old Belgian Lukas Dhont and French veteran Claire Denis.

Dhont’s ‘Close’ is a tender portrait of two boys facing bullying as they grapple with their budding sexuality, while Denis won for ‘Stars at Noon’, a love story set against political tensions in Central America.

The third-place Jury Prize was shared between ‘The Eight Mountains’, about a lifelong friendship in the Italian Alps; and the festival's most radical entry, "EO", a movie told entirely from the point of view of a donkey, from 84-year-old Polish legend Jerzy Skolimowski.

The 12-day festival saw plenty of Hollywood glitz, kickstarted by Tom Cruise with his first trip to Cannes in 30 years to launch ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, accompanied by a French Air Force display team.

There was also the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann's rock'n'roll biopic, "Elvis".

In a crowd-pleasing twist, Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough won the Camera d'Or, the prize for best first film, for "War Pony" with co-director Gina Gammell.

The war in Ukraine cast a shadow over proceedings from the start with a video message from President Volodymyr Zelensky at the opening ceremony.

To mark the 75th jubilee edition of the festival, a special prize was awarded to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who have twice won the Palme d'Or and were back in competition with the well-received migrant drama "Tori and Lokita".