Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” Takes The Top Prize At Cannes


On Saturday, the Cannes Film Festival revealed who and what their honorees were for the 2019 incarnation of the fest. The race for the Palme d’Or had been considered one of the most competitive in recent years, as most of the major contenders met or exceeded expectations. The tip had been that the prize would go to either Pain and Glory from Pedro Almodovar or Parasite from Bong Joon-ho, with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood potentially a spoiler. Well, the results are in, courtesy of the jury led by Alejandro González Iñárritu and comprised of Enki Bilal, Robin Campillo, Maimouna N’Diaye, Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Paweł Pawlikowski, Kelly Reichardt, and Alice Rohrwacher. Who and what did they pick? Time to find out.

The top prize went to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, one of the festival’s presumed frontrunners for the award. As for other notable results, here’s just a taste. The Director prize went to the Dardenne Brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, for their film Young Ahmed. As for the Actor award, that was given to Antonio Banderas for his work in Pedro Almodovar’s latest, Pain and Glory. The Ecumenical Jury Prize was given to Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, while the Directors’ Fortnight/Critics’ Week award from the Fipresci category went to Robert Eggers, for The Lighthouse. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was largely shut out, except for one prize, which you’ll see below…

Here now are all of the awards from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival:

COMPETITION

Palme d’Or: “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho

Grand Prix: “Atlantics,” Mati Diop

Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, “Young Ahmed”

Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

Actress: Emily Beecham, “Little Joe”

Jury Prize — TIE: “Les Misérables,” Ladj Ly; “Bacurau,” Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Screenplay: Céline Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Special Mention: “It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman

OTHER PRIZES

Camera d’Or: “Our Mothers,” Cesar Diaz

Short Films Palme d’Or: “The Distance Between the Sky and Us,” Vasilis Kekatos

Short Films Special Mention: “Monster God,” Agustina San Martin

Golden Eye Documentary Prize: “For Sama”

Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Hidden Life,” Terrence Malick

Queer Palm: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Award: “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão,” Karim Aïnouz

Jury Prize: “Fire Will Come,” Oliver Laxe

Best Director: Kantemir Balagov, “Beanpole”

Best Performance: Chiara Mastroianni, “On a Magical Night”

Special Jury Prize: Albert Serra, “Liberté”

Special Jury Mention “Joan of Arc,” Bruno Dumont

Coup de Coeur Award: “A Brother’s Love,” Monia Chokri; “The Climb,” Michael Angelo Covino

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “An Easy Girl,” Rebecca Zlotowski

Europa Cinemas Label: “Alice and the Mayor,” Nicolas Parisier

Illy Short Film Award: “Stay Awake, Be Ready,” An Pham Thien

CRITICS’ WEEK

Nespresso Grand Prize: “I Lost My Body,” Jérémy Clapin

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: César Díaz, “Our Mothers”

GAN Foundation Award for Distribution: The Jokers Films, French distributor for “Vivarium” by Lorcan Finnegan

Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award: Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, “A White, White Day”

Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film: “She Runs,” Qiu Yang

Canal Plus Award for Short Film: “Ikki Illa Meint,” Andrias Høgenni

FIPRESCI

Competition: “It Must Be Heaven” (Elia Suleiman)

Un Certain Regard: “Beanpole” (Kantemir Balagov)

Directors’ Fortnight/Critics’ Week: “The Lighthouse” (Robert Eggers)

CINÉFONDATION

First Prize: “Mano a Mano,” Louise Courvoisier

Second Prize: “Hiéu,” Richard Van

Third Prize — TIE: “Ambience,” Wisam Al Jafari; “Duszyczka” (The Little Soul), Barbara Rupik

(Also given out, the Palm Dog Award, which went to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and its canine star)

Congrats to all of the winners this year!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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