July 14, 2024, 8:08 pm

‘Anora’ wins top prize at Cannes

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Director Sean Baker, Palme d’Or award winner for the film ‘Anora’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.

Director Sean Baker, Palme d’Or award winner for the film ‘Anora’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.Reuters

‘Anora’, an explicit and often hilarious story about a New York erotic dancer, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, which also saw a first-ever win for a trans actress.

 

Director Sean Baker was confirmed as one of the leading voices of American indie cinema with the prize, which also promises to make a star of 25-year-old Mikey Madison.

She plays a dancer who strikes gold with a wealthy client, only to face the wrath of his Russian oligarch parents.

As head of the jury, ‘Barbie’ director Greta Gerwig praised ‘Anora’ as an “incredible, human and humane film that captured our hearts”.

Director Sean Baker, Palme d’Or award winner for the film ‘Anora’, poses with Samantha Quan and Mikey Madison during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.

Director Sean Baker, Palme d’Or award winner for the film ‘Anora’, poses with Samantha Quan and Mikey Madison during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.Reuters

Baker, who made the acclaimed ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘Red Rocket’, said: “This literally has been my singular goal for the past 30 years, so I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my life.”

He dedicated the prize to all sex workers and appealed for filmmakers to “keep cinema alive”. “This means making films intended for theatrical exhibition,” the 53-year-old said.

“The world has to be reminded that watching a film at home while scrolling through your phone and checking emails and half paying attention is just not the way — although some tech companies would like us to think so.”

 

Karla Sofia Gascon, co-winner with Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez and Adriana Paz of the Best Actress award for their roles in the film ‘Emilia Perez’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.

Karla Sofia Gascon, co-winner with Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez and Adriana Paz of the Best Actress award for their roles in the film ‘Emilia Perez’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.Reuters

‘Harmony of sisterhood’

The 77th edition of the festival on the French Riviera saw several highly charged feminist and political movies, and lots of gore and sex.

A trans woman won best actress for the first time, as Karla Sofia Gascon took the award for her role in the audacious musical ‘Emilia Perez’, in which she plays a Mexican narco boss who becomes a woman.

The jury shared it between Gascon and her co-stars Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez and Adriana Paz — saying they were rewarding the “harmony of sisterhood” — though only Gascon was at the ceremony.

She dedicated it to “all the trans people who are suffering”. “We all have the opportunity to change for the better, to be better people,” she said. “If you have made us suffer, it is time for you also to change.”

 

Cast member Jesse Plemons poses during a photocall for the film ‘Kinds of Kindness’ in competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 18 May, 2024.

Cast member Jesse Plemons poses during a photocall for the film ‘Kinds of Kindness’ in competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 18 May, 2024.Reuters

There were fewer meaty roles for men this year. Jesse Plemons took the prize for Yorgos Lanthimos’s bizarro series of short stories, ‘Kinds of Kindness’, though he was not present to accept it.

‘Deeply sad’

A devastating Iranian film about a family torn apart by the country’s recent women-led protests, ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ was given a special jury prize for “drawing attention to unsustainable injustice”.

Its director Mohammad Rasoulof, 51, escaped from Iran to avoid a lengthy prison sentence just before the festival. Rasoulof said his heart was with the film’s crew, “still under the pressure of the secret services back in Iran”.

“I am also very sad, deeply sad, to see the disaster experienced by my people every day… the Iranian people live under a totalitarian regime,” he said.

Director Mohammad Rasoulof, Special Jury Award winner for the film ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ (Les Graines du figuier sauvage), poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.

Director Mohammad Rasoulof, Special Jury Award winner for the film ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ (Les Graines du figuier sauvage), poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.Reuters

The second-place Grand Prix went to ‘All We Imagine as Light’, the first Indian entry in 30 years. It wowed critics with its poetic monsoon-set portrayal of two women who have migrated to Mumbai to work as nurses.

‘Emilia Perez’ also won the third-place Jury Prize for its French director, Jacques Audiard.

Director Payal Kapadia, Grand Prix award winner for the film ‘All We Imagine as Light’ poses with cast members Divya Prabha, Kani Kusruti and Chhaya Kadam during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.

Director Payal Kapadia, Grand Prix award winner for the film ‘All We Imagine as Light’ poses with cast members Divya Prabha, Kani Kusruti and Chhaya Kadam during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.Reuters

‘Revolution’

Best director went to Portugal’s Miguel Gomes for ‘Grand Tour’, an oblique tale about a man abandoning his fiancee and travelling around Asia.

 

Best screenplay went to ‘The Substance’ starring Demi Moore, an ultra-gory horror film about the pressures women face to maintain bodily perfection as they age.

Director Miguel Gomes, Best Director award winner for the film ‘Grand Tour’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.

Director Miguel Gomes, Best Director award winner for the film ‘Grand Tour’, poses during a photocall after the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 25 May, 2024.Reuters

“What an incredible gift it has been to work with you,” writer and director Coralie Fargeat told Moore from the stage.

The film is “about women and what women can still experience in the world. We need a revolution, and I don’t think it has really started yet”, she said.

‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas received an honorary Palme d’Or from his old friend Francis Ford Coppola, who competed this year with the highly divisive ‘Megalopolis’.

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