The world’s most prestigious international film festival came to a close on 28 May with the awarding of the Palme d’Or and other important honours. Little surprise, that prominent entries from Asia and people were amongst the top winners at Cannes 2022.
Director Park Chan-wook and actor Song Kang-ho, both from South Korea, scripted history at Cannes with their wins in the respective categories.
Among other winning Asian names and films were Iranian actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Chinese short film The Water Murmurs, Pakistani film Joyland, and Indian documentary All That Breathes.
Winners from Asia who have scripted history at Cannes 2022
International co-production Triangle of Sadness, a social satire about fashion influencers and the ultra-rich by Swedish director Ruben Östlund, won the Palme d’Or. This was Östlund’s second top honour for his film; he has previously won the prize for The Square in 2017.
Park Chan-wook made history by winning his first Best Director award at Cannes for the film Decision to Leave (2022). The film itself was nominated for the Palme d’Or. Some of Park’s previous films have been nominated for the Palme d’Or and won in different categories at the festival.
The win makes Park the second South Korean director to be named in this category. The first director to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival was Im Kwon-taek, who won for Chihwaseon in 2002.
Song Kang-Ho, hailed as one of the greatest Asian actors of all time, won the Best Actor award for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film Broker (2022). He, thus, became the first Korean male ever to win an acting award at Cannes. Interestingly, Song was also one of the two leads in the 2007 film Secret Sunshine, which made Jeon Do-yeon the first Korean performer to win a Cannes acting award when she took home the Best Actress prize.
Song was also one of the main protagonists in Parasite, which became the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or in 2019. Two years later, the actor also became the first Korean male actor to become a member of the Cannes jury.
Iran’s Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the Best Actress award for playing the role of an investigative journalist in Ali Abbasi’s Persian-language, internationally co-produced film Holy Spider (2022).
Swedish-Egyptian director Tarik Saleh won the award for Best Screenplay for his film Boy from Heaven (2022), which is about corruption and religious power politics in Egypt.
Also among the winners from Asia at Cannes 2022 was Pakistani film Joyland that won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. Written and directed by debutant Saim Sadiq, Joyland is the first-ever film from the Indian subcontinent to win the award.
The L’Oeil d’Or, the topmost award for documentaries, was won by All That Breathes — the only entry from India. The documentary by Indian filmmaker Shaunak Sen follows Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, siblings from Delhi’s Wazirabad, who rescue and treat injured birds, especially black kites.
Chinese filmmaker Jianying Chen’s The Water Murmurs (2022) won the Palme d’Or in the Short Films category. Nepali writer and director Abinash Bikram Shah won a Special Mention award in the same category for his film Lori.
There were 21 films presented in the Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2022. The names were picked by a nine-member jury headed by French actor Vincent Lindon. Members of the jury included Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, English actress Rebecca Hall, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, and Italian actress Jasmine Trinca.
The 75th edition of the prestigious film festival marked the return of the event to full capacity. The Cannes Film Festival was cancelled in 2020 and witnessed modest attendance in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is the complete list of winners at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival
Triangle of Sadness — Ruben Östlund
Grand Prix (jointly awarded)
Close — Lukas Dhont
Stars at Noon — Claire Denis
Award for Best Director
Park Chan-Wook — Decision to Leave
Award for Best Screenplay
Tarik Saleh — Boy from Heaven
Jury Prize (jointly awarded)
Eo — Jerzy Skolimowski
The Eight Mountains — Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen
75th anniversary Prize
Tori and Lotika — Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Award for Best Actress
Zar Amir Ebrahimi — Holy Spider
Award for Best Actor
Song Kang-ho — Broker
The Water Murmurs — Jianying Chen
Lori — Abinash Bikram Shah
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Prize
The Worst Ones — Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret
Joyland — Saim Sadiq
Best Director Prize
Alexandru Belc — Metronom
Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)
Vicky Krieps — Corsage
Adam Bessa — Harka
Best Screenplay Prize
Mediterranean Fever — Maha Haj
« Coup de cœur » Prize
Rodeo — Lola Quivoron
War Pony — Riley Keough and Gina Gammell,
Plan 75 — Hayakawa Chie
A Conspiracy Man directed by Valerio Ferrara (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy)
Somewhere — Li Jiahe (Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, China)
Joint Third Prize
Glorious Revolution — Masha Novikova (London Film School, United Kingdom)
Humans Are Dumber When Crammed up Together — Laurène Fernandez (La CinéFabrique, France)
Higher Technical Commission (CST)
Cannes announced that the CST jury awarded the CST Artist-Technician Award 2022 to the entire sound crew of Triangle of Sadness. The CST Young Film Technician Award was given to Marion Burger, head set designer for the film Mother and Son by Léonor Serraille.
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