Parasite wins Palme d'Or, Banderas best actor award
Sunday - May 26, 2019 5:40 pm , Category : ENTERTAINMENT
Cannes, May 26 (IANS) South Korean film "Parasite", a dark comedy by Bong Joon-ho, won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, where Quentin Tarantinos "Once Upon A Time" was praised highly but returned empty handed.At the Cannes closing ceremony, on Saturday night, Joon-ho got a standing ovation and a loud cheer from the audience when his film was named the Palme d'Or winner, reported hollywoodreporter.com.Jury president Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu said the Palme d'Or decision was "unanimous".Antonio Banderas won the best actor award for his role as a past-his-prime director in Pedro AlmodÃ³var's "Pain & Glory", and Mati Diop's "Atlantics" landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.Banderas, who teamed up with AlmodÃ³var for the eighth time, said, "I met Pedro 40 years ago, 8 movies together. I respect him, admire him, love him. He's given me so much in my life that this award obviously is dedicated to him. People think we live on a red carpet. But we suffer a lot, sacrifice a lot and there is a lot of pain. Also there are nights of glory. And this is my night of glory."The Camera d'Or went to CÃ©sar Diaz for "Our Mothers", which screened in the Critics' Weel sidebar. The award honours the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes' selections. A special mention was handed over to Elia Suleiman for "It Must Be Heaven", which played in the competition segment, the hollywoodreporter.com reported.Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne took best director honours for "Young Ahmed", a film about a Belgian teenager embracing Islamic extremism.British actress Emily Beecham won the best actress award for "Little Joe" for her role as Alice, a scientist who creates a genetically modified plant that seemingly causes uncanny changes in other living creatures.The awards ceremony drew a who's who of celebrities from the film industry, including Viggo Mortensen, Sylvester Stallone and Vincent Cassel, adding to the glamour quotient.
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