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Kaurismäki wins Jury Prize, Triet gets Palme d'Or at Cannes Festival

Published : 28 May 2023, 01:11

Updated : 28 May 2023, 11:52

  DF News Desk
Finnish actress and singer Alma Pöysti (L) and actor Jussi Vatanen pose with the trophy during a photocall after they received the Jury Prize for the film "Kuolleet Lehdet" (Fallen Leaves) on behalf of director Aki Kaurismäki during the closing ceremony of the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Photo: Xinhua by Gao Jing.

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki was awarded the Jury Prize at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday for Kuolleet Lehdet (Fallen Leaves), the fourth episode in Aki Kaurismäki's series focusing on working-class people in Finland.

Actress Alma Pöysti and actor Jussi Vatanen received the award on behalf of Kaurismäki in his absence as he already returned to Finland.

French director Justine Triet was awarded with the Palme d'Or at the Festival, reported Xinhua.

Triet won the award for her "Anatomy of a Fall" on Saturday in Cannes, France, becoming the third female director winning this top prize,

After "Sibyl" in 2019, "Anatomy of a Fall" is Triet's second feature film chosen by the festival to compete for Palme d'Or.

In the award-winning film, Triet tries to expose the social prejudice that many independent women are facing by telling the story of a German writer who tried to prove her innocence after being accused of killing her husband.

In a press conference after the closing ceremony, the president of the jury, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, said that "Anatomy of a Fall" was very "intense," and it was what the cinema should be like.

It was also a big night for Asian filmmakers. The Best Director was given to Franco-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, while Best Screenplay was awarded to the film "Monster" directed by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Japanese actor Koji Yakusho won the award for Best Actor, and Turkish actress Merve Dizdar was the winner of Best Actress.

British director Jonathan Glazer's film "The Zone of Interest" was the second most important prize of the festival, the Grand Prix.

The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 16 with 21 films selected to compete for the Palme d'Or.