Cannes you believe no prizes for critical darling Tarantino?
Big names snubbed when awards for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival were announced over the weekend
There were some significant firsts when the awards for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival were announced over the weekend.
The Palme D’Or win for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite marks the first time a South Korean director has scooped the top prize. A creepy thriller centered on an impoverished family who resort to desperate and sometimes bizarre tactics to survive, the film was commended by critics and the jury panel (headed by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu) for its shifts between genres – characteristic of the director’s previous works Snowpiercer and Ok-Ja.
The Grand Prix award – essentially the festival’s silver medal trophy – also saw a significant milestone when it was won by Senegalese director Mati Diop, the first black female director to win an award in the history of the festival. Diop’s film Atlantics tells of the effects of the refugee crisis on those left behind and explores the consequences on the sexual and gender politics among young people.
Pedro Almodavar collaborator Antonio Banderas won the best actor award for his performance in Pain and Glory, the veteran Spanish director’s personal meditation on the life of a middle-aged film director facing a creative crisis.
British-American actress Emily Beecham won best actress for her performance in the psychological science fiction film Little Joe.
Two-time Palme D’Or winners, Belgium brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, took home the best director prize for Young Ahmed – an exploration of Muslim extremism noted for being their most overtly political film to date.
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, was acclaimed by critics but failed to pick up an award for the director who won the Palme D’Or in 1994 for Pulp Fiction.
There were no awards for previous Palme D’Or winners Ken Loach and Terence Malick but critics and filmmakers have generally welcomed this year’s Palme D’Or decision as a deserved acknowledgment of Joon-ho’s talents.