French director Justine Triet received the Palme d’Or for her tense murder mystery thriller Anatomy of a Fall, starring Sandra Hüller, at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in France on May 27. She is only the third woman to win the top prize at the prestigious festival.
Before her, Jane Campion got the Palme d’Or for The Piano (1993) and Julia Ducournau for Titane (2021). Anatomy of a Fall explores the guilt or innocence of a famous novelist who has been accused of murdering her husband.
American actress Jane Fonda handed over the winner’s trophy to Triet, remarking that Cannes has set a record for female representation with seven woman helmers in the 2023 competition.
Jonathan Glazer’s German-language historical drama film The Zone of Interest received the Grand Prix award for depicting the private life of a German commandant (Christian Friedel) at Auschwitz.
The Best Actor award went to Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, who portrays the role of a working-class Tokyo man in Wim Wenders’s Perfect Days. Yakusho plays Hirayama, who spends his days cleaning public toilets around the city and reads books, raises trees and observes the people around him for the rest of the day.
Turkish actress Merve Dizdar bagged the Best Actress prize for playing a rural school teacher who challenges the self-centred male protagonist in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish philosophical drama film About Dry Grasses.
Merve Dizdar and Koji Yakusho collage Twitter
Sakamoto Yûji won the screenplay prize for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Japanese drama Monster, which also received the Queer Palm the night before. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki took the Jury Prize for Fallen Leaves.
Directing honours went to Tran Anh Hung for his French historical romantic drama film The Pot au Feu. Set in 19th-century France, the film focuses on the shared passion between a celebrated gourmet (Benoît Magimel) and his cook (Juliette Binoche) of nearly 20 years.
Two documentaries by Arab women directors jointly won this year’s L’Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) award for best documentary at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania’s Four Daughters and The Mother of All Lies by first-time Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir were announced as this year’s best documentary winners at a ceremony in Cannes.
Camera d’Or went to Thien An Pham for his Vietnamese film Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell. Hungarian animator and filmmaker Flóra Anna Buda won the Short Films Palme d’Or for 27.
This year's jury was presided over by last year’s Palme d’Or winner Ruben Östlund and also included American actors Paul Dano and Brie Larson, Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, French actor Denis Ménochet, British-Zambian writer-director Rungano Nyoni, Afghan author Atiq Rahimi, Argentinian writer-director Damián Szifrón and French director Ducournau.