Cannes Film Fest 2024: And the Winner Is…U.S. Indie Company Neon (5 Palme d’Or in a Row)

U.S. distributor Neon only had two movies in the main Competition of 2024 Cannes Film Fest: Anora and The Seed of the Sacred Fig.

Neither could have fared any better with the film critics, and both won major prizes at closing night, May 25.

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It was Sean Baker’s Anora that stormed to the top prize on the Riviera, making it a remarkable five Palme d’Or wins in a row for Tom Quinn’s outfit Neon.

“The future of cinema is where it started: in a movie theater,” said Sean Baker, accepting his Palme d’Or.

Justine Triet’s Anatomy Of A Fall won last year, following the US distributor’s previous acquisitions Triangle Of Sadness, Titane and Parasite.

New York-set romantic dramedy Anora is about a stripper from Brooklyn who transforms into a modern Cinderella when she meets the son of a Russian oligarch.

Better Things and Scream actress Mikey Madison plays the eponymous Anora alongside Yuriy Borisov, who previously appeared in Cannes pics Petrov’s Flu and Compartment No.6 both in 2021.

The cast also includes hot discovery Mark Eydelshteyn, Karren Karagulian and Vache Tovmasyan.


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