Cannes: Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival officially comes to an end with the awards ceremony in which the competition jury announced the biggest prizes, including the coveted Palme d’Or. Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite,’ an edge-of-your-seat thriller from South Korea.

‘Atlantics’ directed by Mati Diop won Grand Prix. The movie is her mesmerizing feature directorial debut that centers on the burning issue of the immigration crisis. Mati Diop walked straight into the 72 years history of Cannes as the first black female director to appear in competition at Cannes and win a top prize.

Antonio Banderas is the Best Actor for his performance in the movie ‘Pain & Glory’ directed by Pedro Almódovar. The Jury Prize is shared by ‘Les Misérables’ (Ladj Ly) and ‘Bacurau’ (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles).

The Dardenne Brothers, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, are named as the Best Director for ‘Young Ahmed.’ The movie tells the story of a Muslim teen radicalized by a local imam and pushed to kill his teacher who holds secular views.

British actress Emily Beecham won the Best Actress prize for her stunning portrayal of a scientist who develops a happiness-inducing flower in Jessica Hausner’s sci-fi movie ‘Little Joe.’

Celine Sciamma won the Best Screenplay award for ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire.’ The movie tells the tale of an 18th-century lesbian romance. Elia Suleiman got a special mention for his film ‘It Must Be Heaven.’

Guatemalan director César Diaz won Camera d’Or, which is awarded to the best first feature, for his movie ‘Nuestras Madres’ (Our Mothers), an intense portrayal of the horrors of Guatemalan civil war.

The 2019 jury was headed by Academy Award winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose ‘Babel’ won Cannes’ Best Director prize. Other jury members included Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Paweł Pawlikowski, who won the Best Director prize at Cannes last year.

Check out the complete list of Cannes film festival 2019 winners below.

Palme d’Or: “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho
Grand Prix: “Atlantics,” Mati Diop
Jury Prize: “Les Misérables” (Ladj Ly) and “Bacurau” (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles)
Best Actress: Emily Beecham, “Little Joe”
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain & Glory”
Best Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, “The Young Ahmed”
Best Screenplay: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma
Special Mention of the Jury: “It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman
Camera d’Or: “Our Mothers,” César Díaz
Short Film Palme d’Or: “The Distance Between Us And The Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos
Special Mention of the Jury: “Monstruo Dios,” Agustina San
Queer Palm (Feature): “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma
Queer Palm (Short): “The Distance Between Us And The Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos

Check out the full lineup of the official competition. This year’s Palme d’Or race included 20 movies.


Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar
The Traitor, Marco Bellocchio
Wild Goose Lake, Yinan Diao
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho
Young Ahmed, The Dardenne Brothers
Oh Mercy!, Arnaud Desplechin
Atlantique, Mati Diop
Matthias and Maxime, Xavier Dolan
Little Joe, Jessica Hausner
Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach
Les Miserables, Ladj Ly
A Hidden Life, Terrence Malik
Nighthawk, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles
The Whistlers, Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie, Ira Sachs
The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Celine Sciamma
It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
Sybil, Justine Triet
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due, Abdellatif Kechiche

Cover Image Courtesy: Cannes Film Festival (Parasite)