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The 75th Cannes Film Festival has ended this year with a positive outcome after the Covid pandemic, and has also been the first category-A festival to be done without face protection masks.

As from personal experience, travelling to France in May, was a much easier task than doing the same during the last two Cannes editions, when Covid was not allowing the festival to be executed on its regular spring dates, and protection measures were intensive.

As you probably already know, well-known American actor Forest Whitaker received the honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes’s 75th opening ceremony.

Academy Award winner Whitaker followed Jodie Foster in receiving this award, which is given out as a tribute to those figures whose artistic careers are matched by humanitarian commitments.

Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci and Manoel de Oliveira are among its previous recipients.

Cannes Honour Palme d’Or Award to American actor Forest Whitaker

In Cannes, being accredited as a press journalist (as I was) allows you to access the film market and some movies, as well as to press conferences previous to film #screenings.

And of course, you get to be invited to some cocktails held in beautiful #pavillions, like the Italian amazing pavillion at Magestic Barrière Hotel, or the international pavillions at the Riviera.

However, the problems with the ticket office were massive, and the web was collapsed most of the time, having to book tickets in long queues at the Mediterranée area touch screens.

Anyway, I finally managed to get my tickets lastminute, specially for the opening #Gala on May 17th , which included the film Coupez! (Final Cut) a French comedy that has an interesting plot twist difficult to guess at first, and which has been directed by Michel Hazanavicius (screenplay), Shin’ichirô Ueda (original story), Ryoichi Wada (original story), and featuring Romain Duris as main actor playing the character of Rémi.

Of course, the red carpet was once again the main protagonist of the festival, and as usual, both #fashion and #film industries joined forces to awe all the brave fans standing next to the carpet for very long hours.

But although the red carpet was full of top artists like Tom Cruise and the cast of his new film Top Gun Maverik , and the jets flew in formation above the Croissette, and there were parties all over the yachts at the Marina, I think that the most important people in the festival are always the citizens, and the audience who go to the screenenigs at any time of the day, and very specially, to the free movies on the beach.

Cannes public beach at la Croissette

The open air night sessions at the beach included films like 1998 movie The Truman Show, which was this year´s Cannes Festival´s poster image, and which also made audience applaud loudly for over five minutes when Truman finally climbs up the stairs and pursues his destiny. Hushhhh…No spoiler allowed!

It is also very important to mention that India was the country of honour this year, and a lot of activities were organized by its pavillion at the Marché, for all the film industry professionals, to inform them, not only about the Bollywood film industry, but also about the Goa Film Festival to take place in November.

India as country of honour at the Cannes Film Festival

With all the information I had piled up already at the marché and the interview I had made to Florian Weghorn, who is Berlinale Talents´ director, I was happy to be able to host my #Cultinclub radio show from the Radio France booth, where international radio professionals had the opportunity to connect with their audience live, on air.

Cultinclub show on air from Radio France booth

Last, but not least, I met an amazing colleague from Italy named Virginia Maciel da Rocha, who stayed longer days at the Festival and who has provided me with the picture below, with Thierry Freamux shaking hands with Quentin Dupiex at the “Fumer fait tousser” premiere.

Thierry Freamux shaking hands with Quentin Dupiex at the “Fumer fait tousser” premiere.
Photo by Virginia Maciel da Rocha and Giulia Giovannini
After 11 days of an exceptional edition, the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes, chaired by French actor Vincent Lindon, surrounded by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier and Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, presented its winners‘ list among the 21 films presented in Competition this year, as follows:
Feature Films
Palme d’or
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND

Grand Prix (jointly awarded) 
CLOSE 
directed by Lukas DHONT
 STARS AT NOON directed by Claire DENIS  

Award for Best Director
PARK Chan-Wook
 for HEOJIL KYOLSHIM (DECISION TO LEAVE) 

Award for Best Screenplay
 Tarik SALEH for WALAD MIN AL JANNA (BOY FROM HEAVEN)

 Jury Prize (jointly awarded)  EO  directed by Jerzy SKOLIMOWSKI
 LE OTTO MONTAGNE (THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS) directed by Charlotte VANDERMEERSCH & Felix VAN GROENINGEN

75th anniversary Prize
 TORI ET LOKITA (TORI AND LOKITA) directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc DARDENNE

 Award for Best Actress
Zar AMIR EBRAHIMI in HOLY SPIDER
directed by Ali ABBASI

 Award for Best Actor 
SONG Kang-ho 
in BROKER directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Short Films
Palme d’or  HAI BIAN SHENG QI YI ZUO XUAN YA (THE WATER MURMURS) directed by JIANYING CHEN    Special Mention  LORI (MELANCHOLY OF MY MOTHER’S LULLABIES) directed by Abinash Bikram SHAH
Un Certain Regard Prize
LES PIRES (THE WORST ONES) directed by Lise AKOKA & Romane GUERET

 Jury Prize
JOYLAND directed by Saim SADIQ
 
Best Director Prize
Alexandru BELC for METRONOM
 
Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)
Vicky KRIEPS in CORSAGE directed by Marie KREUTZER
Adam BESSA 
in HARKA directed by Lotfy NATHAN
 
Best Screenplay Prize
MEDITERRANEAN FEVER directed by Maha HAJ

 « Coup de cœur » Prize
RODEO directed by Lola QUIVORON
Caméra d’or
WAR PONY directed by Riley KEOUGH and Gina GAMMELL,
presented as part of the UN CERTAIN REGARD Official Selection  Special Mention PLAN 75 directed by HAYAKAWA Chie
La Cinef
 First Prize
IL BARBIERE COMPLOTTISTA (A Conspiracy Man) directed by Valerio FERRARA
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italie

Second Prize
DI ER (Somewhere) directed by LI Jiahe
 Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, Chine

Joint Third Prize
GLORIOUS REVOLUTION directed by Masha NOVIKOVALondon Film School, Royaume Uni  LES HUMAINS SONT CONS QUAND ILS S’EMPILENT (Humans Are Dumber When Crammed up Together) directed by Laurène FERNANDEZLa CinéFabrique, France 
Higher Technical Commission (CST)
The CST jury has awarded the CST ARTIST-TECHNICIAN AWARD 2022 to the entire sound crew headed up by Andréas Franck, Bent Holm, Jacob Ilgner and Jonas Rudels for the film TRIANGLE OF SADNESS by Ruben Östlund and the CST Young Film Technician Award to Marion Burger, head set designer for the film UN PETIT FRÈRE (MOTHER AND SON) by Léonor Serraille.
Celebration Fireworks

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