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#72CannesFilmFestival: Diop Becomes First Black Woman Director to Win Award
French-Senegalese Director Mati Diop won the Grand Pix award for the first time for her first narrative feature Atlantics
After the showcase of some of the finest movies & documentaries and a showdown of the most talented & beautiful actors of our time, the 72nd Cannes Film Festival ended on May 25, 2019.
Here are some of the films that created a buzz at the 12-day long festival:
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho won the Palm d’Or – thehighest honorin world cinema for his feature film – This is Joon-ho’s first most prestigious award
Cesar Diaz won the Camera d’Or – the Best Feature Film award for Our Mothers
French-Senegalese Director Mati Diop won the Grand Pix award for the first time for her first narrative feature The film has a magical-realistic approach to migration in Senegal. This is first time in the entire history of the Cannes Film Festival that a black woman won an award for a film.
Ladj Ly’s Les Miserables and Brazilian duo’s Kleber Mendoca Filho & Juliano Dornelles Bracau shared the third place
Dardene Brothers won Best Director for Young Ahmed
Antonio Banderas won Best Actor for Pain and Glory
Emily Beecham won the Best Actress for her role in Little Joe
Celine Sciamma won the prize for screenwriting for Portrait of a Lady on Fire
This year’s jury opted for more contemporary story-lines with focus on issues faced by today’s world. The best four, prize-winning films revolved around important themes such as contemporary working-class struggles in France and South Korea, migration in West Africa and a satirical approach to right-wing politics in Brazil.
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