6 award-winning films at Cannes Film Festival 2022
Following two years of pandemic interruptions, the Cannes Film Festival resumed its pulse for the 75th time. After two weeks of film screenings, the festival ended yesterday. Here are six award-winning films from the festival, which have made their mark in history.
Triangle of Sadness
The Palme d'Or for best film was awarded to Ruben Ostlund's "Triangle of Sadness," a shrewd and ruthless satire which captured the ethos of issues that plague the modern world - influencer culture, the ignorant bourgeoisie, and capitalism. The Swedish director stamped his name in the hall of fame by winning one of cinema's most prestigious prizes for the second time. His last film, "The Square", a raucous satire of the art sphere, won the Palme d'Or in 2017.
Close and Stars at Noon
This year, The Grand Prix was shared between Lukas Dhont's "Close," a heartbreaking tale about two 13-year-old boys whose bond is tragically severed after their closeness is mocked by schoolmates, and Claire Denis' "Stars at Noon," a romantic thriller adaptation set in the tropics, starring Margaret Qualley as a journalist in Nicaragua and Joe Alwyn as the enigmatic English businessman.
Colombian director Andres Ramirez Pulido's "La Jauria" took the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week. The film revolves around Eli, a small town boy who is imprisoned in a Colombian tropical forest for a crime he committed with his friend, El Mono. When El Mono is transferred to the same place as Eli, dark truth is uncovered and danger looms ahead.
The Worst Ones
"Un Certain Regard" is a segment of the festival, which focuses on fledgling, ground-breaking, art-house cinema talent. On Friday, a film set in the working-class districts of the northern French city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, "The Worst Ones," bagged the top award at the "Un Certain Regard" competition. Directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, it tackles the challenges of street casting when a film crew goes to a community.
Saim Sadiq's "Joyland," the first ever entry of a Pakistani film, won the jury prize at the "Un Certain Regard" competition as well as the Cannes Queer Palm prize for best LGBT, queer or feminist-themed movie. The film is a brave exposition of the stereotypes and prejudice that terrorize the youngest son in a patriarchal family as he becomes a transgender dancer in a Muslim community that expects him to carry on the family name.