Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite Wins Top Prize at Cannes

May 26, 2019
Poster child for world cinema for almost two decades finally score the world's most prestigious film festival prize, the Palme d'Or.

The 72nd Cannes has concluded with the announcement of the all-important awards, and as many pundits predicted, director Bong Joon-Ho picked up the Palme d’Or for his ‘family tragicomedy’ Gisaengchuing (Parasite). Lee Ha-jun’s contribution as Art Director was also noted by the jury.

This year’s jury was particularly notable, with Jury President Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu conferring with Kelly Reichardt, Pawel Pawlikowski, Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Enki Bilal, Alice Rowrwacher, Robin Campillo and Maimouna N’Diave, representing just the right cross-section of gender and nationality. 

Other prizes went to Atlantique (Atlantics) by director Mati Diop (Grand Prix – the second most prestigious Cannes Award), a Senegalese film that has already been snapped up by Netflix; Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed) to Cannes favourite the Dardennes Brothers (Best Director Prize); Les Miserables by Ladj Ly and Bacurau by Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles (sharing the Jury Prize); Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s Dolor Y Gloria (Pain and Glory) which picked up Best Performance by an Actor, while Emily Beecham in Little Joe directed by Jessica Hausner was awarded Best Performance by an Actress.

One of France’s most exciting female filmmakers, Celine Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy, Water Lillies) won the Best Screenplay award for Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait of Lady on Fire), and a Special Mention was given to Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman for his documentary It Must be Heaven.

The Camera d’Or, awarded for first feature film, went to Guatemalan Nuestras Madres (Our Mothers) by Cesar Diaz, while the top award in the Un Certain Regard section went to Brazilian Karim Ainouz’ A Vida Invisivel de Euridice Gusmao (The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao).

For the full list of winners, head to the Cannes Film Festival website.

Gisaengchuing (Parasite) is in contention for the Sydney Film Prize at the Sydney Film Festival, with Bong Joon-Ho a guest of the festival.

 

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