GISAENGCHUNG (Parasite) directed by BONG Joon-Ho
GISAENGCHUNG (Parasite) directed by BONG Joon-Ho

The South Korean film Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film is described as “A family tragicomedy depicting the inevitable collision that ensues when Ki-woo, the eldest son in a family of four unemployed adults, is introduced to the wealthy Park family for a well-paid tutoring job.” Bong Joon-Ho who is best known for his earlier films Okja and Snowpiercer is the first Korean director to win the top award at Cannes Film Festival.

Trailer: GISAENGCHUNG (Parasite) directed by Bong Joon-Ho

In another first, the Grand Prix went to the African film Atlantics directed by Mati Diop – the first black woman to have a film selected for competition at the festival. “Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned.”

Trailer: ATLANTIQUE (Atlantics) directed by Mati Diop

FEATURE FILMS

PALME D’OR

GISAENGCHUNG (Parasite) directed by Bong Joon-Ho

GRAND PRIX

ATLANTIQUE (Atlantics) directed by Mati Diop

BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE

LE JEUNE AHMED (Young Ahmed) directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

JURY PRIZE (tie)

LES MISÉRABLES directed by Ladj Ly

BACURAU directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Antonio Banderas in (PAIN AND GLORY) DOLOR Y GLORIA directed by Pedro Almodóvar

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Emily Beecham in LITTLE JOE directed by Jessica Hausner

BEST SCREENPLAY

Céline Sciamma for PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU (Portrait of Lady On Fire)

SPECIAL MENTION

To Elia Suleiman for IT MUST BE HEAVEN

SHORT FILMS – COMPETITION

PALME D’OR

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY directed by Vasilis Kekatos

SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY

MONSTRUO DIOS directed by Agustina San Martín

UN CERTAIN REGARD

UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE

A VIDA INVISÍVEL DE EURÍDICE GUSMÃO (The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao) directed by Karim Aïnouz

JURY PRIZE

O QUE ARDE (Fire Will Come) directed by Oliver Laxe

PRIZE FOR BEST PERFORMANCE

Chiara Mastroianni for CHAMBRE 212 (On a Magical Night) directed by Christophe Honoré

PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Kantemir Balagov for BEANPOLE 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

LIBERTÉ directed by Albert Serra

JURY’S « COUP DE CŒUR » (tie)

LA FEMME DE MON FRÈRE (A Brother’s Love) directed by Monia Chokri

THE CLIMB directed by Michael Angelo Covino

JURY SPECIAL MENTION

JEANNE (Joan of Arc) directed by Bruno Dumont

CAMÉRA D’OR

NUESTRAS MADRES directed by César Díaz presented as part of LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE

CINÉFONDATION

FIRST PRIZE

MANO A MANO directed by Louise Courvoisier
CinéFabrique, France

SECOND PRIZE

HIẾU directed by Richard Van
CalArts, USA

THIRD PRIZE (tie)

AMBIENCE directed by Wisam Al Jafari
Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Palestine

DUSZYCZKA (The Little Soul) directed by Barbara Rupik
PWSFTviT, Poland

The 2019 CST Artist-Technician Prize goes to Flora Volpeliere, as editor and Julien Poupard, as set and lighting designer of Ladj Ly’s film LES MISÉRABLES.

A Special Mention from the Jury goes to Claire Mathon, Director of Photography of the films ATLANTIQUE (Atlantics) and PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU (Portrait of Lady on Fire).

The Jury also noted Lee Ha-jun’s outstanding work as Artistic Director of  GISAENGCHUNG (Parasite)

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