Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes: Quentin Tarantino Loses Competition, Makes Classy Show at Awards; Antonio Banderas Best Actor, “Parasite” Gets Palme d’Or


The 2019 Cannes Film Festival is over, and no Americans won anything. But Quentin Tarantino did us proud. Knowing he was not winning anything for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” he came to the awards ceremony and dinner anyway. It was a classy move and showed how much he respects the Festival. “OUT” will be tweaked and readied for its late July opening.

Korean Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” highly regarded, won the top prize. The great Catherine Deneuve presented the award. Antonio Banderas won best actor for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” which got glowing reviews and should be a big hit for Sony Pictures Classics.

Best Actress went to British actress Emily Beecham in “Little Joe.” The Dardenne brothers won Best Director for “The Young Ahmed.”

Thierry Fremaux must be exhausted but pleased. He pulled it off. Another Cannes is in the record books.

Meanwhile, “The Lighthouse” won the Directors Fortnight. A24 will release it this fall with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson sure to get awards attention.


Palme d’Or: Parasite, Bong Joon-ho
Grand Prix: Atlantics, Mati Diop
Jury Prize (tie): Les Misérables, Ladj Ly, and Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Best Actress: Emily Beecham, Little Joe
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory
Best Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, The Young Ahmed
Best Screenplay: Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Special Mention of the Jury: It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
Camera d’Or: Our Mothers, César Díaz
Short Film Palme d’Or: The Distance Between Us And The Sky, Vasilis Kekatos
Special Mention of the Jury: Monstruo Dios, Agustina San
Queer Palm (Feature): Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma
Queer Palm (Short): The Distance Between Us And The Sky, Vasilis Kekatos

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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