Announcing the 76th Cannes Festival Awards.. and three Arab films win a competition

2023-05-31 19:34:53

Of the 20 films screened in this selection, 8 firsts will also compete for the Camera d’Or. Six films were awarded by the jury headed by American actor John C. Riley, some of which first-time makers have won an award. Here are the results of the Un Certain Regard Award winners:

The movie (How to Have Sex) directed by Molly Manning Walker, the jury award went to the Moroccan film (The Hunting Dogs) directed by Kamal Lazraq, the Freedom Award went to the Sudanese film (Goodbye Julia), directed by Mohamed Kordofani, and the Moroccan film director award also (White Lie). Directed by Asma Al Mudir, New Sound Award (Al Nazir) directed by Baloghi, Ensible Film Karuri Award (Zahra Puriti)

Directed by João Salaveza and Rene Nader Massoura.

The Palme d’Or went to Anatomie d’une chute, directed by French director Justine Triet, and no one was surprised by this film’s victory because it created a consensus about its plot, writing, direction, and even the performance of its German actress, Sandra Hüller, who She was nominated for Best Actress.

The movie begins with a fall scene that leads to Samuel’s death in a mysterious way. And from this fall, the autopsy begins to find out whether Samuel was murdered or committed suicide while fingers point at his wife, the natural culprit because she was the only one in the house during the fall.

The film really explains all the details of the scenario with interesting narrative intelligence that attracts the viewer from beginning to end despite the length of the film.

And Justine Trier is the third woman to win the Palme d’Or in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, after French director Julia Ducourneau for her movie “Titan” in 2021 and New Zealand director Jane Campion for her movie “The Piano Lesson” in 1993.

As for the grand prize, it went to the movie “The Zome of Interest” by British director Jonathan Glazer, where groans of disappointment rose in the auditorium after the announcement of the movie “The Zome of Interest” winning the grand prize because it was deserved, quite simply. to win the Palme d’Or. Some may think that it is another movie among the films that dealt with the subject of the Jewish Holocaust. But when we look at its events, we realize that it is the first time that cinema deals with this issue from the point of view of the oppressor, not the oppressed.

Director Jonathan Glazer made a free adaptation of Martin Amis’s book of the same name. He lived with the idea for many years and didn’t know how to tell it. He researched and read a number of books dealing with the genocide of the Jews. The treatment method became clear when he visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, especially when he saw the house and garden adjacent to the prison wall, in which the events of the film take place. From this point on, the story that the director wanted was crystallized from the point of view of the family of the Nazi officer Rudolph Höss, head of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. This officer, along with his wife and children, enjoyed a serene and blissful life near the prison camp, which witnessed the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Jews.

The film generates in the viewer a sense of anxiety mixed with the horror of indifference that this family lived in, ignoring the sounds of bullets, the groans of pain, and the smells of death that they heard and smelled from the prison.

The film also won the Fipresci Prize, awarded by the International Federation of Film Press, on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Jury Prize was awarded to the film “Dead Leaves” (Kuolleet lehdet), directed by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.

Love is the broad title in this film to combat boredom and the absurdity of life, which the Finnish director knows how to portray, sometimes with situations more surreal than life itself. Where is the line between reality and fiction in this movie? As if Aki Kurizmaki wanted to confront the nature of his country, which imposes a slow and dark rhythm that accelerates the process of falling into the trap of despair, despair, and monotony. There is nothing left but the love that is born in a cinema hall, in which the two heroes meet, to restore some humanity to this world that is preoccupied with the violence of wars, the cruelty of rejection and uncertainty.

And the best screenplay award went to Yuji Sakamoto, who signs a very poetic script in the movie “The Beast” by Japanese director Kore-Eda Hirokazu.

The Beast is perhaps one of the lightest films of the competition mixed with bohemian melancholy. It is perhaps one of the films that most desires to get rid of this metaphorical monster that shatters dreams, tramples ambitions, and squanders wishes because of the inner fear that strips a person of his lowest creative ideas.

The film tells one story from several points of view, each of which gives clues to understand the other points of view. The viewer discovers, in the end, how deceiving appearances are and how human nature tends to be suspicious and prejudice. The movie “The Beast” tells the story of friendship between two children in their early teens, and together they discover a relationship that fluctuates between innocence and the first emotional outbursts of the heart. A bold film in its dealings with the issue of homosexuality, which manifests itself at an early age, in addition to its accurate portrayal of the taboos of Japanese society, which is burdened by its customs and traditions.

As for the best actress award, it went to Turkish actress Merve Dizdar for her role in the movie “Dry Herbs” (Kuru otlar üstüne) directed by Nuri Belge Ceylan.

Dry Herbs is a film in the style of its director, who gives life to characters from his emotional stock. Nuri Bilge Ceylan possesses a precise intellectual shrewdness that does not leave the viewer indifferent, but plunges him into a mental exercise from which he can only get out with questions about the passing time, loneliness and monotony. Questions raised by the director in his film through a love story that arises between two teachers and a political activist who lost her leg after an explosion in a protest demonstration against the background of a vague accusation of sexual harassment in the school where the two men teach. All the ingredients of the scenario take place in a remote, cold and isolated region of Türkiye. Murphy Dezdar plays the role of a human rights activist in the film.

And the Best Actor Award went to the Japanese actor (Koji Yakusho) for his role in the movie “Perfect Days” by German director Wim Wenders.

Koji Yakusho plays Hirayama, a cleaner of public toilets in Tokyo. His life is a series of monotonous actions that he gets used to and does without complaining every day in the same way and at the same time. He has a high aesthetic sense and is a fine connoisseur of music and the arts. His life is turned upside down when one of his female relatives asks him to sleep over at his house for a while.

Wim Wanders won several awards at the Cannes Festival, including the Palme d’Or for his film “Paris-Texas” in 1984. He is passionate about Japan and films there whenever he gets the chance.

The Golden Eye award was equally won by the film “Banat Intimacy” by Tunisian director Kawthar Ben Hania and “White Lies” by Moroccan director Asmaa Al-Moudair. The Golden Eye Award is given to documentaries on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival.

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