Justine Triet Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

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Justine Triet Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes
Fécamp, France native Justine Triet, was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend, becoming the third female director in the festival’s 76-year history to win the festival’s highest honor. Notably, Triet’s film was one of seven films directed by women in competition at Cannes this year; there were 21 films total in competition. Triet directed the French thriller Anatomy of a Fall (Anatomie d’une Chute) and co-wrote the film’s script with Arthur Harari. The film, a courtroom drama, stars Sandra Hüller. The actress plays a writer desperately attempting to prove her innocence following her husband’s death. Neon acquired the film after its Cannes premiere. While accepting the Palme d’Or, Triet criticized France’s president, President Macron, and France’s ongoing pension reform-related protests. The Cannes Film Festival banned protests from happening near the Palais des Festivals at Cannes. Triet said, NPR reports, “The protests were denied and repressed .” Other female directors who have won the Palme d’Or include Jane Campion (The Piano, 1993) and Julia Ducournau (Titane, 2021). Other prizes were spread out among films from various corners of the world. Best Director went to Vietnamese-French filmmaker Trần Anh Hùng for The Pot-Au-Feu; it stars French actors Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel. Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki was awarded the Jury Prize for his film Fallen Leaves. Best Screenplay was awarded to Japanese screenwriter Yûji Sakamoto for Monster. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Festival de Cannes (@festivaldecannes)
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Lead photo credit : Still from "Anatomy of a Fall." Photo credit: Cannes Press Office

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