Korean Star Song Kang Ho And ‘War Pony’ Win Prizes At Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, France >> The 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday named Korean star Song Kang Ho Best Actor for his performance in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Broker’ about a Korean family looking for a home for a abandoned baby.

“I would like to thank everyone who appreciates Korean cinema,” said Song, who also starred in Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or film “Parasite” at Cannes three years ago.

Best Actress went to Zar Amir Ebrahimi for her performance as a journalist in Ali Abbasi’s ‘Holy Spider,’ a thriller about a serial killer targeting sex workers in the Iranian religious city of Mashhad. Violent and graphic, “Holy Spider” was not allowed to shoot in Iran and was made in Jordan. Accepting the award, Ebrahimi said the film depicts “everything that is impossible to show in Iran”.

The top Palme d’Or prize, selected by the nine-member jury headed by French actor Vincent Lindon, was announced later on Saturday.

Swedish-Egyptian filmmaker Tarik Saleh won Best Screenplay at Cannes for ‘Boy From Heaven,’ a thriller set in Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque.

Saturday’s closing ceremony wraps up a Cannes that has tried to fully resuscitate France’s annual extravaganza that was canceled in 2020 by the pandemic and saw modest crowds last year. This year’s festival also took place against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which sparked red carpet protests and dialogue about the purpose of wartime cinema.

La Palme, one of cinema’s most prestigious awards, is said to be impossible to handicap – although bookmakers always try their best. It is based entirely on the deliberations of the jury which take place behind closed doors. Last year, French body horror thriller ‘Titane’ won the prize, making director Julia Decournau the second female filmmaker to win the Palme. In 2019, “Parasite” by Bong Joon Ho triumphed at Cannes before doing the same at the Oscars.

This year, the biggest Hollywood films at Cannes – “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Three thousand years of nostalgia” – played outside the programming of 21 films in competition at Cannes. But their presence helped restore part of Cannes

This year’s Best First Film award, the Caméra d’Or, went to Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for “War Pony,” a drama about the Pine Ridge reservation made in collaboration with Oglala Lakota citizens and by Sicangu Lakota.

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