Sean Baker’s ‘Anora’ wins the Palme d’Or at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival

Sean Baker’s ‘Anora’ wins the Palme d’Or at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival


Sean Baker’s longs won the Palme d’Or at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, which concluded Saturday night (May 25).

The American comedy-drama stars Mikey Madison as the protagonist Anora, a sex worker who finds herself married to a Russian oligarch and must defend herself against her parents, who want an annulment. It is the second time that Baker participates in the competition, after 2021. Red rocket.

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In his speech, Baker He dedicated the award “to all sex workers of the past, present and future” and expressed his support for theatrical distribution: “The future of cinema is where it began: in a movie theater.”

Payal Kapadia’s Everything we imagine as lightthe first Indian film to appear in the Cannes competition in 30 years, won the Grand Prix.

Kapadia said: “Women are often pitted against each other, that’s how society is designed, which is very unfortunate. For me, friendship can lead to greater inclusion and empathy, which are the values ​​we should all strive for.”

Set and shot in Mumbai, Everything we imagine as light It follows two nurses who live together and embark on a trip to a coastal town.

The award for best screenplay went to Body Horror, by Coralie Fargeat The substancewhich juror Eva Green described as “bold and beautifully crazy.”

French filmmaker Fargeat accepted the award in English and said: “The film is about women and what women can still experience in the world and how violence is still present… I think we need a revolution and I don’t think it has started really still.” So let’s all start together.”

The multi-award winning Cannes Jacques Audiard won the jury prize for his Spanish-language musical thriller Emilia Perez.

The award for best actress was shared by four members of the film’s cast: Adriana Paz, Zoe Saldana, Karla Sofía Gascón and Selena Gómez.

Gascón, who came on stage to accept the award, plays the head of a Mexican drug cartel who sets out to make his dream of becoming a woman come true. She told the room: “This isn’t mine, it’s for the 200 people who worked on this messy movie.”

Jesse Plemons won best actor for his role in Yorgos Lanthimos Types of kindness.

Standing ovation

The jury awarded a special prize to Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof for The seed of the sacred fig, which obtained the highest score in Screen’s jury grid.

The filmmaker, who was greeted with a standing ovation and cheers, said: “The people of Iran are being taken hostage by the Iranian regime” and thanked his team members who are still in the country and cannot attend. The film also won the Fipresci award that same day.

Rasoulof fled Iran after receiving an eight-year prison sentence from the country’s authorities for being critical of the regime.

Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes was chosen best director for Grand Tour.

The Competition prizes were awarded by a jury chaired by Greta Gerwig and made up of Lily Gladstone, Eva Green, Omar Sy, Ebru Ceylan, Nadine Labaki, Juan Antonio Bayona, Pierfrancesco Favino and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The Golden Camera, which awards the best first feature in all sections, took the title of A Certain Regard Armand by Norwegian screenwriter and director Halfdan Ullmann Tønde. Special mention for the title of the Directors’ Fortnight Half Blood co-directed by Chiang Wei Liang and You Qiao Yin.

The Un Certain Regard awards, the new Directors’ Fortnight audience award and Critics’ Week were previously announced.

The L’Oeil d’Or for best documentary went jointly to Raoul Peck on Friday Ernest Cole: Lost and Found and Nada Riyadh Ayman El Amir The daughters of the Nil.

Other highlights

Despite a festival that was overshadowed by possible attacks, #MeToo rumors and a tense geopolitical landscape, the closing ceremony adhered to protocol and was mostly subdued, save for a few references to the war in Gaza.

Lubna Azabal, president of the short film and Cinef jury, called for “the release of all hostages without conditions and an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.” Labaki also cited a “divided world” and condemned violence in the region in awarding the special jury prize to Rasoulof.

The French actress Camille Cottin was the master of ceremonies for the evening, which opened with a musical touch in the Star Wars opening sequence, a nod to George Lucas, who received an honorary Palme d’Or for his career during the ceremony.

The filmmaker was received with a standing ovation before Francis Ford Coppola presented him with the award..

Lucas said: “I’m just a kid who grew up on a vineyard in Modesto, California and I make movies in San Francisco. In fact, I have never made a film in Hollywood as a director.”

Contest prizes:

Palme d’Or: longs, address. Sean Baker

Big prize: Everything we imagine as light, address. Payal Kapadia

Jury award: Emilia Perez, address. Jacques Audiard

Best director: Miguel Gomez, Grand Tour

Special prize: The seed of the sacred fig, address. Mohammad Rasoulof

Best Actor: Jesse Plemons types of kindness

Best actress: Adriana Paz, Zoe Saldaña, Karla Sofía Gascón, Selena Gómez, Emilia Perez

Best screenplay: Coralie Fargeat, The substance

Golden Chamber: Armand, address. Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel

Special mention: Half Blood, address. Wei Liang Chiang and you Qiao Yin

Palme d’Or Short Film: The man who couldn’t stay silent, address. Nebojša Slijepčević

Special mention: bad for a moment, address. Daniel Soares