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The Palme d’Or goes to Sean Baker, generational transition in American cinema – 05/25/2024 at 8:57 p.m.

The Palme d’Or goes to Sean Baker, generational transition in American cinema – 05/25/2024 at 8:57 p.m.
The Palme d’Or goes to Sean Baker, generational transition in American cinema – 05/25/2024 at 8:57 p.m.

American director Sean Baker poses with his Palme d’Or for “Anora” at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2024 (AFP / Valery HACHE)

Generational transition at Cannes: the creator of “Star Wars”, George Lucas, received an honorary prize before presenting the Palme d’Or to a representative of the new American independent cinema, Sean Baker, who delivered a plea for cinema in theaters.

“We have to fight to make films that come out in theaters. The world needs to remember that watching a movie on your cell phone or at home is not the (correct) way to watch movies,” he said. said Sean Baker upon receiving his award.

American filmmaker Sean Baker (D), Palme d’Or at the Cannes festival for “Anora”, poses alongside American director George Lucas, May 25, 20245 in Cannes (AFP / Christophe SIMON)

“In theaters, we share sadness, fear, laughter,” he added on a stage at the Palais des Festivals where two Hollywood legends had just passed the baton: Francis Ford Coppola, who ultimately left empty-handed with “Megalopolis”, and George Lucas, to whom he came to present his honorary Palme d’Or.

American director Sean Baker poses after winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, May 25, 2024 (AFP / LOIC VENANCE)

Sean Baker, who succeeds Justine Triet and her film “Anatomy of a Fall”, is a lover of marginalized characters, overflowing with humanity, and often shoots with beginner or amateur actors.

Subverting the myths of “Cinderella” or “Pretty Woman”, “Anora” moves from the underbelly of New York to the luxury villas of Russian oligarchs, following the relationship between a young stripper Anora and the son of a billionaire.

– Award-winning transgender actress –

Spanish actress Karla Sofía Gascón, awarded an ensemble prize for female performance for the film “Emilia Perez” at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, May 25, 2024 (AFP / Valery HACHE)

Mafioso, trips to the Russian-speaking community of Coney Island, night races in New York, henchman with the false air of Robert De Niro, the 2h18 film effectively rewinds the classics of American cinema and depicts the other side of the American dream.

Another notable decision by Greta Gerwig’s jury, which also included the actors Omar Sy, Lily Gladstone and Eva Green, was the collective prize awarded to the actresses of Jacques Audiard’s musical, “Emilia Perez”.

Spanish actress Karla Sofía Gascón, awarded an ensemble prize for female performance for the film “Emilia Perez” at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, May 25, 2024 (AFP / Valery HACHE)

The prize will be a landmark, since in addition to Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and Adriana Paz, a transgender actress, Karla Sofía Gascón, is recognized for the first time. The 52-year-old Spaniard, who began her gender transition at 46, is the revelation of this film in which she plays the main role, that of a drug trafficker who feels deeply female and changes gender.

(L to R) Mexican actress Adriana Paz, American actresses Zoe Saldana and Selena Gomez and Spanish actress Karla Sofia Gascon pose after the screening of the film “Emilia Perez” by Frenchman Jacques Audiard, on May 18, 2024 in Cannes (AFP / Sameer Al-Doumy)

Karla Sofía Gascón dedicated her prize to “all trans people who suffer”. “I want these people to believe like Emilia Perez that it is always possible to improve.”

Big favorite, the Iranian Mohammad Rasoulof finally leaves with a special prize for “The seeds of the wild fig tree”, filmed clandestinely.

Spanish actress Karla Sofia Gascon (D) alongside French director Jacques Audiard, May 25, 2024 in Cannes (AFP / Sameer Al-Doumy)

The prize is a symbol for Iranian artists victims of repression, and a consecration for a director who defied censorship for decades before resolving into exile, a few days before the Festival. He made his first public appearance in Cannes since then.

– Hollywood at the party –

“Allow me to spare a thought for all the members of my team who are not with me to celebrate this award. My cinematographer, many technicians, who are under pressure. My heart is with them above all,” said declared Mohammad Rasoulof.

Filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who fled Iran, winner of the special jury prize at the Cannes festival for his film “The Seeds of the Wild Fig Tree”, May 25, 2024 in Cannes (AFP / Valery HACHE)

In the rest of the prize list, the American actor Jesse Plemons received the male performance prize for his performance in the latest Yorgos Lanthimos, and the young Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia, representative of a 7th art in the shadow of Bollywood, received the Grand Prix. “All we imagine as light” was the first Indian film in competition in thirty years.

American director George Lucas (L) receives the Honorary Palme d’Or from Francis Ford Coppola during the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, May 25, 2024 (AFP / Christophe SIMON)

Another director was awarded: the Frenchwoman Coralie Fargeat, awarded for her second feature film “The Substance”, an ultra-gory feminist film with Demi Moore, which took the Croisette by storm.

The biggest disappointments of this festival are the legends of New Hollywood, whose works, in their twilight years, left empty-handed.

American actor Jesse Plemons, winner of the Best Actor Award for “Kinds Of Kindness” at the Cannes Film Festival, poses on May 18, 2024 in Cannes (AFP / LOIC VENANCE)

This is the case of Francis Ford Coppola, who was vying for a third Palme d’Or at the age of 85. And Paul Schrader, first known as a screenwriter for Martin Scorsese before becoming an established filmmaker, whose film “Oh, Canada!”, with Richard Gere as a dying old man, disappointed.

French director Coralie Fargeat awarded the screenplay prize for her film “The Substance”, May 25, 2024 in Cannes (AFP / Christophe SIMON)

Hollywood was no less celebrating throughout this edition, also marked by the out-of-competition presentation of Kevin Costner’s films or “Furiosa”, derived from “Mad Max”.

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