Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Wins Palme d'Or

Palme d’Or: Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho
Grand Prix: Atlantics, directed by Mati Diop
Jury Prize: (tie) Ladj Ly's Les Misérables and Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles' Bacurau
Best Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne for Young Ahmed
Best Screenplay: Celine Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Best Actress: Emily Beecham for Little Joe
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory

  • The jury led by director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, awarded the Palme D’or to Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.”

  • As predicted, no Palme for Almodovar, whose film was a little too distance-filled for many. In fact “Pain and Glory” won a Best Actor award for Antonio Banderas, a real slap-in-the-face honor to the director himself.

  • Great news that, despite mixed reviews, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won the Best Director award for the excellent “Young Ahmed.”

  • Don’t get me started on “Atlantics” winning the Grand Prix, which I found middling and amateurish

‘Lighthouse' Snubbed by Cannes ...

Wasn’t sure if I was going to write about this, but HE beat me to it with a simple and satisfactory blurb, 5.24.19:

“So why wasn’t Robert Eggers‘ The Lighthouse offered a Cannes competition slot? Jordan Ruimy‘s French-speaking festival whisperer, who’s been fairly accurate this year, confirms that it was fiatout rejected for competition by Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux. A midnight slot was offered as compensation, but Eggers and A24 decided instead on a Director’s Fortnight slot, and it all worked out in the end”

‘The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao’ Wins Un Certain Regard — Cannes

Un Certain Regard Award: Karim Ainouz, “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao”

Jury Prize: Oliver Laxe, “The Fire Will Come”

Best Director: Kantemir Balagov, “Beanpole”

Best Performance: Chiara Mastroianni, “On a Magical Night”

Un Certain Regard Heart Prize: Michael Angelo Covino, “The Climb” & Monia Chokri, “A Brother’s Love”

Special Jury Prize: Albert Serra, “Liberte”

Special Jury Mention: Bruno Dumont, “Joan of Arc”

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Desplechin Strikes Out With ‘Oh, Mercy!' —Cannes

Arnaud Desplechin‘s “Oh, Mercy!” (aka Roubaix, une lumiere) was an unexceptional police procedural — a pilot episode for “C.S.I Roubaix” as many critics have called it. A real shame since I absolutely love Desplechin. Then again, his last two films, also counting “Ismail’s Ghosts” have been absolute failures. At some point I really wasn’t sure if this was a serious statement from Desplechin or if he was actually pulling an all-time of a joke on us.

This is my final day of screenings today, unless I decide to go ahead and watch an 8:30am of Justine Triet’s “Sibyl” tomorrow. On tap are two films with the highest of potential. Abdelatif Kechiche’s “Mektoub: Intermezzo” which is said to be a near four-hour film taking place in dance clubs, which is supposed to have a 25 minute cunnilingus scene and Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor,” a Godfather-style Italian epic. Some feel-good cinema ahead in the next 24 hours.