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Cannes: US director Sean Baker wins Golden Palm

Cannes: US director Sean Baker wins Golden Palm

In his film “Anora”, the American tells the story of the turbulent relationship between a striptease dancer and the son of a Russian oligarch. For this, he won the main prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The US director Sean Baker has won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with his film “Anora”. The jury announced this. The film beat out 21 other films in competition. The decision was made by a jury chaired by director Greta Gerwig.

The jury awarded “Anora” an “incredibly human film,” said Gerwig. It was a film “that captured our hearts, that made us laugh, that gave us endless hope, that broke our hearts and never lost sight of the truth.”

“Anora” tells the story of a striptease dancer named Ani who meets the son of an oligarch. In youthful carefreeness, the boy marries Ani after only a few days – much to the dismay of his parents, who do everything in their power to reverse this. The fast-paced film is a mixture of comedy and drama and impresses with great actors, unexpected twists and lots of humor.

“That’s literally been my only goal as a filmmaker for the last 30 years,” Baker said. “So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my life,” the 53-year-old joked on stage.

A shared prize for musical actresses

The Grand Jury Prize, the festival’s second most important award, went to “All We Imagine as Light” by Indian director Payal Kapadia. Frenchman Jacques Audiard received the Jury Prize for his musical “Emilia Pérez”. Director Mohammed Rassulof, who recently fled Iran, received a Special Jury Prize for “The Seed of the Sacred Fig”.

This year, the award for best actress was shared by four women: It went to actresses Karla Sofía Gascón, Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez and Adriana Paz for their roles in “Emilia Pérez”.

Jesse Plemons was awarded best actor for his role in “Kinds of Kindness” by Giorgos Lanthimos. Miguel Gomes won the award for best director for “Grand Tour”. Coralie Fargeat was awarded best screenplay for “The Substance”.

Source: Stern

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