Swedish director Ruben Östlund has won the Palme d’Or for the second time. His satire “Triangle of Sadness” was honored with the most important award of the Cannes Film Festival.
“When we started this film, we actually only had one goal: to make a film that interests the audience, that provokes them and makes them think,” Östlund said at the ceremony.
Östlund has already won 2017 for “The Square” the Golden Palm. The 48-year-old is known for humorous and scathing studies of human behavior, and he also presents one in “Triangle of Sadness”. The film is a satire on the world of influencers and the super-rich. Among other things, he plays on a luxury yacht. After being hijacked by pirates, some of the ship’s travelers are stranded on an island where hierarchies are reversed. Because an employee who takes care of the toilets on the yacht is the only one who can catch fish, make fire and thus ensure the survival of the people.
Östlund : Going further than the audience expects
“Triangle of Sadness” is about the absurdity of capitalism, power relations and social inequality. Iris Berben can be seen in a supporting role: she plays a ship passenger who has a speech disorder after a stroke and can only say the sentence “In the clouds” and sometimes “No”. She, too, is among the travelers stranded on the island.
Director Östlund wants to play with viewers’ expectations in his films. “If you go beyond what the audience expects, then something will happen,” said the 48-year-old. He was referring to a specific scene in his film. It shows a completely escalating dinner on the yacht, in which the guests spit out their just eaten oysters in all directions or otherwise get rid of them – which Östlund shows at length and in great detail. “Part of us enjoyed the scene of people suffering from seasickness,” Östlund said. “But I also wanted that to shift and to say: ‘Please save her, that’s enough.'”
Second most important award for “Stars at Noon”
The film caused a lot of laughs when it premiered at the film festival. It was probably the most garish and funniest contribution. The two films that won the Grand Jury Prize, the second most important award at the festival, struck a more calm tone. This year it was the French filmmaker Claire Denis (“Stars at Noon”) and the Belgian Lukas Dhont for “Close”.
“Stars at Noon” narrated by the American journalist Trish ( Margaret Qualley), who is stuck in Nicaragua for a critical political article, where she meets a mysterious businessman named Daniel (Joe Alwyn), who is profiting from Nicaragua’s politically unstable conditions. Trish and Daniel fall in love, and their attraction is lustfully staged for much of the film as the plot takes a backseat. “Close” is a sensitive coming-of-age film about the special friendship between two boys that ends in tragedy.
Awards for Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Song Kang-ho
The award for best director went to Park Chan-wook (“Decision to Leave”). Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi accepted the award for best actress. In Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider” she embodies a courageous journalist who is on the trail of a serial killer. The South Korean Song Kang-ho was honored as best actor for his role in “Broker” by Hirokazu Koreeda.
The jury prize was awarded to “Le Otto Montagne” by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen and awarded in equal parts to “EO” by Jerzy Skolimowski. The Swede Tarik Saleh was honored with the award for the best screenplay for his film “Boy from Heaven”. A special honor was given to Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who are regulars at the film festival. You are at 75. anniversary year with a special prize for their film “Tori and Lokita”. (dpa)