Triangle of Sadness: Ruben Östlund (The Square) Earns Second Palme d’Or

Ruben Östlund Earns Second Palme d’Or for ‘Triangle of Sadness’

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Courtesy ImageRuben Östlund won his second Palme d’Or for Triangle of Sadness, a biting satire of the worlds of fashion and wealth, bringing the 2022 Cannes Fest to a close.

The jury spread the wealth with its awards, presenting 3 more prizes than expected–two ties and special 75th anniversary award.

Tying for second place, Claire Denis’ Stars at Noon and Lukas Dhont’s Close shared the Grand Prix, eliciting boos from the press room.

The heckling turned to enthusiastic applause when Belgian director Dhont followed to accept his prize.

In Denis’ divisive tropical drama, Margaret Qualley plays an American journalist whose assignment in Nicaragua has run its course, forcing her to use her wits and her wiles to find a way out of the country, with the help of seductive stranger (Joe Alwyn).

Close is a more straightforward (and less controversial) film, which moved many to tears in its portrayal of tragic rift between two 13-year-old friends.

Korean director Park Chan-Wook won best director honors for his neo-noir thriller Decision to Leave, in which a detective falls for the widow of a murder victim. After convincing himself that the suspect is innocent, they face one another again years later when her second husband also dies under violent circumstances.

The jury prize was also presented as tie between The Eight Mountains and EO.

Co-directed by Belgian couple Félix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, The Eight Mountains tracks the friendship between two Italian boys — one from the city, the other a shepherd boy from the Alps — across decades.

The jury awarded special prize, unique to the 75th anniversary, to Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Tori & Lokita.

Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s “EO” is a loose remake of Au Hasard Balthazar, tracking the trans-European journey of a donkey through a series of challenging and often cruel interactions with various humans, each one taking him father from the circus performer he loves. “I would like to thank my donkeys, all six of them,” Skolimowski said.

Tarik Saleh won the screenplay award for Boy From Heaven, about conspiracy by the Egyptian government to meddle in the appointment of a new grand imam. Banned from Egypt, Saleh was obliged to shoot the film in Turkey, but told the crowd he wishes he could return. “I want to dedicate this prize to young filmmakers in Egypt, to raise your voices and tell your stories,” he said.

Best actress honors went to Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, who plays an Iranian reporter who risks her own life to catch a serial killer in Holy Spider. The tense true-crime thriller exposes the crimes of a man who targeted prostitutes, turning more chilling still when he is arrested and audiences realize that a segment of society supports his actions against sex workers.

“I have come a long way to be on this stage. It was humiliation [and] darkness, but there was cinema,” said Amir-Ebrahimi, who commended director Ali Abbasi for confronting all those things that can’t be done in Iranian cinema. ”It practically saved my life, and I know it will save lives again.”

Korean actor (and “Parasite” star) Song Kang-ho won best actor for his role in Broker. Song plays a man who sells abandoned babies on the black market in Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s first Korean-made feature.

Representing the Camera d’Or jury, Spanish actor Rossy de Palma presented the award for best first film to “War Pony,” by Gina Gammell and Riley Keough. “War Pony” tells the story of two young men from the Oglala Lakota tribe and was written and made in close collaboration with the Native American community it depicts. The Camera d’Or jury was also impressed with another debut, awarding a special mention to Japanese director Hayakawa Chie’s “Plan 75,” which imagines a future in which elderly citizens can elect to be euthanized.

Jury president Vincent Lindon, who won Cannes best actor honors in 2015, assured the crowd the the Palme d’Or winner was selected with a strong majority, joking that the festival organizers should change the rules: Instead of changing the members of the jury each year, he kidded, the festival ought to invite them back every year. “We need four more years,” he said.

Lindon co-presented the awards with fellow jurors Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, English actor-director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, Indian actor-producer Deepika Padukone, Swedish star Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier and Italian actor-director Jasmine Trinca.

Full list of prizes below.

COMPETITION

Palme d’Or: “Triangle of Sadness,” Ruben Östlund

Grand Prix — TIE: “Stars at Noon,” Claire Denis AND “Close,” Lukas Dhont

Director: Park Chan-wook, “Decision to Leave”

75th Anniversary Special Award: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, “Tori & Lokita”

Actor: Song Kang-ho, “Broker”

Actress: Zar Amir-Ebrahimi, “Holy Spider”

Jury Prize — TIE: “The Eight Mountains,” Félix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch AND “EO,” Jerzy Skolimowski

Screenplay: Tarik Saleh, “Boy From Heaven”

OTHER PRIZES

Camera d’Or: “War Horse,” Gina Gammell and Riley Keough

Camera d’Or Special Mention: “Plan 75,” Hayakawa Chie

Short Films Palme d’Or:“The Water Murmurs,” Jianying Chen

Short Films Special Mention:“Lori,” Abinash Bikram Shah

Golden Eye Documentary Prize: “All That Breathes,” Shaunak Sen

Queer Palm: “Joyland”

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Award: “The Worst Ones,” Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret

Jury Prize: “Joyland,” Saim Sadiq

Best Director Prize: Alexandru Belc, “Metronom”

Best Performance Prize — TIE: Vicky Krieps, “Corsage” and Adam Bessa, “Harka”

Best Screenplay Prize: Maha Haj, “Mediterranean Fever”

Coup de Coeur Award: “Rodeo,” Lola Quivoron

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

Europa Cinemas Label: “One Fine Morning,” Mia Hansen-Løve

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “The Mountain,” Thomas Salvador

CRITICS’ WEEK

Nespresso Grand Prize: “La Jauria,” Andres Ramirez Pulido

French Touch Prize: “Aftersun,” Charlotte Wells

GAN Foundation Award for Distribution: Urban Distribution, “The Woodcutter Story”

Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award: Zelda Samson, “Love According to Dalva”

CINÉFONDATION

First Prize: A Conspiracy Man,” Valerio Ferrara

Second Prize: “Somewhere,” Li Jiahe

Third Prize — TIE: “Glorious Revolution,” Masha Novikova AND “Humans Are Dumber When Crammed Up Together,” Laurène Fernandez