Plenty of film festivals are celebrated in different parts of the world, in order to promote movies of different cultures to the public. And one of the most prestigious film festivals is indeed the Cannes Film Festival. Celebrated in France, and founded in 1946, it shows new films of all genres and documentaries from all the places of the world. It is celebrated every year in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.
Being part of the famous “big three” (the most important film festivals of the world, together with the Berlin and Venice film festivals), the Cannes Film Festival have had a great impact in the viewers of good films in the vast majority of the world. In this 2019, the Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzáles Iñirratú was the jury president. Our purpose is to summarize the winners in the event of this 2019, its movies and their basic plots without spoilers in order to you to watch them anytime soon, if you have not.
Awarded movies in the Cannes Film Festival of 2019
Palme d’ Or Prize
The winner of this prize was the movie Gisaengchung, directed by Bong Joon Ho. This movie tells us the story of an unemployed man, Ki-taek. Together with his family, he is going to develop a particular interest in the glamorous life of parks, until they meet in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.
Grand Prize of the Jury
Atlantique won the Grand Prize of the Jury. This movie was directed by Mati Diop. The story is narrated starting in a popular suburb of Dakar, in which workers of a construction site of a tower stop working after month without pay – deciding to flee the country by the ocean in order to find a better future for their lives. Souleiman, together with Ada, keeps their journey promising to keep moving forward against all odds.
It does not happen so much in the Festivals, but in this 2019 the Jury Prize decided that two movies were worthy of the Jury Prize: Bacurau and Les Miserables.
Bacurau was directed by Kleber Mendoca Filho and Juliano Dornelles. The movie is about the sudden mobilization of the residents of a near-future Brazil, when Teresa comes home to her hometown after the death of his grandmother. Sinister events will occur, and they will change the things for worse for the protagonists.
Although the name of the movie could get you confused, Les Misarables directed by Ladj Ly is not a story about revolution and romance, but the story of a cop that movies to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where conflicts between different groups start to explode.
Best Direction Prize
Le jeune Ahmed, directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luz Dardenne is an amazing movie that shows us the problems of religious extremism. The movie narrates the unconventional story of a Belgian teenager starts to make a plan in order to kill his teacher after he embraces an extremist interpretation of the Quran.
Best Screenplay Prize
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, directed and written by Celine Sciamma is an outstanding beautiful movie, that starts in a 18th century France when a young painter named Marianne is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Heloise without her knowing. Marianne must carefully observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. And every day, the two women become closer, watching Heloise’s last moments of liberty before they can impede the wedding.
Special Mention Prize
The famous filmmaker Elia Suleiman directed It must be heaven and won the Special Mention Prize because of the touch of this documentary. The famous filmmaker travels to different cities and he realizes that there are unexpected parallelisms in those places to his homeland of Palestine.
Nuestras Madres, directed by Cesar Diaz introduces us in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war of Guatemala. The statements of the victims of the conflict come one after another. Here is when Ernesto, a young anthropologist who works for the Forensic Foundation, realizes that an old woman mentions a lead that could guide him to his father – a guerrillero who went missing during the war. He is going to seek truth no matter what, investigating traces of his lost father in the process.
It is worth to note that the Cannes Film Festival is vastly in content and prizes, but in this section we tried to summarize you some of the winners in order to you to check the stories you would want to watch sooner or later. Some other movies that won important prizes were Mano a mano, directed by Louise Courvoisier (Cinefondation Award), A vida Invisível directed by Karim Ainouz (Un Certain Regard Award), Ikki illa meint, directed by Andrias Hogenni (Canal+ Award) and of course, the great Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, of Quentin Tarantino (Palm Dog). We hope that the next year the Cannes Film Festival can promote more movies of all parts of the world, informing us at the same time of the best of the best of this art.