The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival has officially concluded, with awards presented to the films that most impressed at this years’ festival.
“Parasite” from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho received the 2019 Palme D’Or, the highest prize awarded at Cannes, while the Grand Prize award went to “Atlantics”, the directorial debut of French-Senegalese actress Mati Diop.
Antonio Banderas received this year’s Best Actor Award for his performance in “Pain and Glory”, directed by longtime collaborator Pedro Almodovar, who has worked with Banderas since his 1982 film “Labyrinth of Passion”.
“You have no idea how much I’d like to be able to speak French and at the same time I want to speak Spanish so I’m going to try to do a paella of both,” Banderas said onstage as he accepted the award, reports Deadline.
“When I walked up the red carpet I was asked how much time it took me to get here… it took 40 years,” he quipped.
He also admitted that “there is no mystery” that the character he plays in the autobiographical “Pain and Glory” is Almodovar himself
“We did eight films together. I respect him, I love him. He is my mentor. He gave me so much that this prize is dedicated to him,” Banderas said of the director.
“There is pain and glory,” Banderas concluded, “but the best is yet to come.”
Here is the complete list of winners from the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival:
“Parasite”, dir: Bong Joon-ho
“Atlantics”, dir: Mati Diop
Antonio Banderas; “Pain And Glory”
Jury Prize (TIE)
“Les Misérables”, dir: Ladj Ly
“Bacurau”, dirs: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, “The Young Ahmed”
Emily Beecham, “Little Joe”
Céline Sciamma, “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire”
“It Must Be Heaven”, dir: Elia Suleiman
“Our Mothers”, dir: Cesar Diaz
Short Film Palme d’Or
“The Distance Between Us And The Sky”, dir: Vasilis Kekatos
Special Mention: “Monster God”, dir: Agustina San Martin