Cannes, France, May 27 (EFE).- The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival ended Saturday with the awarding of the Palme d’Or to “Anatomy of a Fall,” directed by France’s Justine Triet.
Triet, only the third woman to take top honors at Cannes, was joined on stage by her cast members to receive the award from American screen legend Jane Fonda, who noted that seven female directors had films in competition in this year’s festival.
“First time I came was 1963,” the 85-year-old actress said. “The festival was smaller then. There were no female directors competing at that time and it never even occurred to us that there was something wrong with that. We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go.”
“Anatomy of a Fall” is a courtroom drama about a popular novelist (Sandra Hüller), accused of murdering her husband.
The jury was led by last year’s Palme d’Or winner, director Ruben Ostlund, and included 2021 winner Julie Ducournau as well as directors Maryam Touzani, Rungano Nyoni, and Damian Szifron, along with actors Denis Menochet, Brie Larson, and Paul Dano, and writer Atiq Rahimi.
The judges bestowed the Grand Prize, second only to the Palme in the official section, on “The Zone of Interest,” director Jonathan Glazer’s adaption of the Holocaust novel by Martin Amis, who died a day after the film was screened at Cannes.
Tran Anh Hung got the award for best director on the strength of “Pot-au-Feu,” staring Juliette Binoche y Benoit Magimel, while the best screenplay prize went to Sakamoto Yuji for “Monster.”
Koji Yakusho, star of “Perfect Days,” took the best actor prize and in something of a surprise, Merve Dizdar was honored as best actress for her work in “About Dry Grasses.”
“Fallen Leaves,” by Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki, was recognized with the Jury Prize.