The Palme d’Or that tonight won Justine Triet Thanks to “Anatomy of a Fall” The third award to a filmmaker in the entire history of the Cannes Festival – Jane Campion’s The Piano (2001) and Julia Ducorneau’s Titane (2021) being its predecessors – has an added merit. It should be worth two. Because on the one hand it serves as a reward for a great film. And because, on the other hand, the Frenchwoman’s fourth feature film emerged victorious despite fierce competition, making this new edition of the French competition one of the films with the highest artistic quality of the last 20 years. . , if not most of it.
Several of the films that eventually made it to other category winners lists were listed as number one favorites in many categories, and they deservedly did so. And among all these great works, the jury has definitely selected an impeccable film, a captivating and highly intelligent blend of crime, legal drama and, above all, a hard-hitting analysis of the dark dynamics that define life as a couple.
Among the favorites mentioned in the previous paragraph is undoubtedly the new work of the British Jonathan Glazer, “The Zone of Interest” which ended up winning the grand special prize of the jury, taking second place in the list of winners. It’s a Holocaust film like no other and quite possibly the scariest. In it, Glazer manages to convey to us the unimaginable horror that was experienced in Auschwitz without having to show it on screen, and in return appeals to chilling sound design and the vast cinematic legacy inspired by the atrocities of Nazi Germany. “The Zone of Interest” speaks of the banality of evil, the convenience of evil, the tolerability of evil, and the business of evil. And the originality, sophistication and rigor he displays in doing so make it this year’s finest film at Cannes and a stunning masterpiece.
None of the other decisions announced by the jury tonight have gone unchallenged – in fact, no jury decision has – but they are all worth celebrating. The Jury Prize for Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung’s “La passion de Dodin Bouffant” is a fair accolade for a film that manages to be both a compelling love story and a seductive tribute to the art of good food and art of good cooking; Winner of the Best Director statuette for Finnish maestro Aki Kaurimäki, Fallen Leaves is a hilarious and incredibly loving demonstration that even in a world as hostile as this, finding a soulmate is possible; And we wish everyone the best of luck who wants to contest both the Best Actress award, which Merve Dizdar received for her extraordinary work in Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new film About Dry Grasses, and the moving performance of Japanese Koji Yakusho offers in “Perfect Days”, the new one by Wim Wenders.
Anyway, the best thing about the winners list announced tonight is, shall we say, that it could have been very different and certainly just as plausible; That’s how good the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was. There is only one year left until the 77th.