French director Justine Triet has won this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for L’anatomie d’une chute (Anatomy of a Fall), becoming only the second solo female director in history to win the Palme d’Or, following Julia Ducournau’s win in 2021 for Titane.
Triet’s intricate film tells the story of a woman who is suspected of her husband’s murder and her blind son who faces an existential moral dilemma. The complex piece of crime cinema enraptured the jury, which included the winner of last year’s Palme d’Or, Ruben Östund, the Swedish filmmaker who took home the prize for his satire Triangle of Sadness and including directors Maryam Touzani, Julia Ducournau, Rungano Nyoni, Damián Szifron, as well as actors Denis Ménochet, Brie Larson, Paul Dano, and writer Atiq Rahimi.
British director Jonathan Glazer took home the Grand Prix for his holocaust drama, The Zone of Interest, based on the novel written by the late Martin Amis. Following a Nazi general and his family living close to a concentration camp, Glazer gives some unprecedented insight into the true horrors of the despicable act of human malice.
The duo of actors who picked up the performance awards were Merve Dizdar, who took home the prize for her performance in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses, and Koji Yakusho, who won for his role in Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days.