Cannes 2022: Golden Palm for Triangle of Sadness and Red Carpet Protests

At the Cannes Film Festival, Swedish director Ruben Östlunds film Triangle of Sadness was awarded a Golden Palm, the most important prize. Östlund wrote and directed the satirical film, starring Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean and Woody Harrelson. In 2017, Östlund received the award for the first time, then for his film The Square.

Triangle of Sadness is about a cruise ship that decays. The wealthy men on board then have to build a new life on an uninhabited island. At the premiere, the film received an eight-minute standing ovation.

The Grand Prix, the silver medal, was shared by Close and Stars at Noon. Close is by Belgian creator Lukas Dhont and is about the diluting friendship between two 13-year-old boys. Earlier, Dhont won a Caméra dOr for the best debut at the festival.

Individual actors also won awards. South Korean actor Song Kang-ho was praised for his role in the movie Broker, in which a Korean family seeks a suitable family for a foundling. Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi was awarded for her role as a journalist in the thriller Holy Spider.

Weather as usual

After a cancelled edition and a festival with corona restrictions, the French Riviera Film Festival celebrated the 75th edition as usual, with world stars, extravagant outfits and exclusive premiere parties.

Several films have been awarded last week, such as the Pakistani film Joyland, about the love between a transgender woman (played by Alina Khan) and a queer man (Ali Jujeno) from a patriarchal Pakistani family. The film, directed by Saim Sadiq, won the jury award in the Un Certain Regard category intended to encourage innovative work by young talents.

In that same category, the film The Worst Ones was awarded, about a French film crew making a film in a working-class city. The drama comedy by directors Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret won the award for best direction.

The long-awaited Elvis biopic, by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, also premiered in Cannes. In the film, Austin Butler plays the world-famous singer, his co-star is Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.

Elvis manager Colonel Parker (played by Tom Hanks) tells the story of The King in the film. This gave the festival a Dutch touch: Colonel Parker is an alias for the originally Dutch Dries van Kuijk, who was born in Breda.

At a press conference, Hanks said he learned a lot about the Brabander prior to turning. Nevertheless, Hankss accent in Elvis is not directly reminiscent of the way in which Dutch people often speak English.

Watch the Elvis trailer below:

As with other festivals in recent months, such as the Oscars and the Eurovision Song Contest, the war in Ukraine was also considered in Cannes. The programming included several films by Ukrainian makers, such as the posthumously finished documentary Mariupolis 2 by director Mantas Kvedaravicioes, which was killed by Russian soldiers in March.

The film Butterfly Vision by Maksym Nakonechnyi was also on the big screen for the first time at the festival. The film is about pregnant air force officer Lilia, who has been jailed in a prison in Ukraines Donbas region.


In addition to official programming, feminist protesters at the festival drew attention to the war and other social issues. An activist walked up the red carpet last weekend with the colors of the Ukrainian flag painted on her body. With her action, she wanted to draw attention to sexual violence against women in Ukraine.

Other protesters rolled out a meter long banner showing the names of 129 women murdered. With the action, they stood up for the French victims of femicide, killing women because they are women.

Watch the footage of the protest action below: