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The main award of this year’s 72th Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Palm, went to the drama The Kisaengchung (The Parasite).

Cannes 2019: Parasite won the Golden Palm. Banderas also celebrates success!

Jana Fikotová
26.May 2019
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The twelve days of celebrating the 72nd Cannes Festival commemorated artists and films from various points of view. On Saturday evening, on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the event’s host Édouard Baer welcomed the jury presided by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu to announce the 2019 Golden Palm Awards.

The winner is The Parasite

South Korean drama The Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, entered the festival's history as the first Korean film to win an award. The black comedy-drama deals with the gap between the poor and the rich. The Grand Jury Award belonged to the film Atlantique about migrants, co-produced by France, Senegal and Belgium and directed by the French-Senegalese director Mati Diop. Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne received the Best Director Award for their dramatic film Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed).

Banderas didn’t disappoint

British actress Emily Beecham took home the Best Actress award for her role in the drama Little Joe by the Austrian director Jessica Hausner, Antonio Banderas claimed the Best Actor award for the film Pain and Glory by the acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. In the film, he played alongside Penelope Cruz.

Luxusní vila na prodej, Dolní Měcholupy - 616m
Luxusní vila na prodej, Dolní Měcholupy - 616m, Praha 10

Czechs in Cannes

In the Cannes Classics section, a documentary about Miloš Forman, Forman vs. Forman, from directors Helena Třeštíková and Jakub Hejna Forman was featured. Czech filmmakers also collaborated in the movies Dogs Don't Wear Pants and Solo. In the Cinéfondation section, the student film One Hundred Twenty-Eight (directed and written by Ondřej Erban) was introduced.

In our cinemas

Many of the winning films, including the Golden Palm holder, are heading to Czech distribution. In addition to The Parasite, Pain and Glory, Young Ahmed, Les Misérables and Portrait of a Girl on Fire will appear in Czech cinemas.

Cannes 2019

Golden Palm: Kisaengchung (The Parasite)

Grand Jury Award: Atlantique

Best Director: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Best Actress: Emily Beecham

Best Actor: Antonio Banderas

Best Screenplay: Céline Sciamma

Jury Award: Les Misérables

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