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“Triangle of Sadness” takes top prize at Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, France, May 28 (EFE).- Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s satire “Triangle of Sadness” was the big winner Saturday as the 75th Cannes Film Festival drew to a close, receiving the Palme d’Or.

With an international cast featuring Woody Harrelson, the film skewers the wealthy with humor that sometimes pushes the boundaries of good taste.

Östlund, who won the Palme d’Or in 2017 for “The Square,” becomes only the eighth filmmaker to claim the honor twice.

“All of us agree that the unique thing with cinema is that we’re watching together. So we have to save something to talk about but we should also have fun and be entertained,” Östlund said of his latest effort.

The Grand Prize, second only to the Palme in the official section at Cannes, was bestowed “ex aequo” (equally) on “Close,” by Belgium’s Lukas Dhont, and “Stars at Noon,” a film from French director Claire Denis.

South Korea’s Park Chan-wook was named best director for romantic thriller “Decision to Leave,” while compatriot Song Kang Ho took the best actor prize on the strength of his performance in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film “Broker.”

Cannes was already familiar territory for Song, the star of 2019 Palme d’Or winner “Parasite.”

Zar Amir Ebrahimi took best actress honors for her role in Iranian countryman Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider.”

In a departure from the usual practice, the Jury Prize was also conferred ex aequo, shared by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix van Groeningen’s “The Eight Mountains” and “EO,” Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s tale of a donkey’s journey across Europe.

The award for best screenplay went to Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh for “Boy From Heaven.”

Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes, joint two-time Palme d’Or winners, received the Special Prize for Cannes’ 75th anniversary for “Tori and Lokita.” EFE


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