Cannes 2019: Palme d'Or Bagged by Korean Director, Beating Quentin Tarantino
At Cannes 2019, Korean director Bong Joon Ho's Parasite receives unanimous decision to walk away with most prestigious film award
Cannes Film Festival culminated on Saturday evening with one of the biggest upsets in the history of upsets after Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which has a star-studded cast boasting Brad Pitt, Leonardo di Caprio and Margot Robbie, lost the race for the Palme d’Or. Korean director Bong Jon-Hoo was the man who beat Tarantino with his movie Parasite, which is a dark comedy revolving around a man and his unemployed family who take peculiar interest in a wealthy family. Both families get entangled in an unexpected incident, hence the unfolding of the drama takes place.
Bong revealed that his film pokes fun at the reality of times - poking fun at a mother gushing about her genius son or a family living in a tiny apartment trying to catch their neighbour's Wi-Fi signals. He said, " I really respect films that deal with heavy political issues very seriously but I much prefer to mix that with humour. While they’re laughing I want them to be hit like a hidden blade behind their pocket when they’re not expecting it."
Jury president Alejandro González Iñárrituwhile announcing the award said that the movie received a unanimous vote. Meanwhile, the Tarantino wasn’t even able to bag the runner award as Mati Diop’s Atlantics bagged that honour. Tarantino was pitting to receive his second top Cannes prize after he won the Palme d’Or for his cult classic Pulp Fiction, which won the award 25 years ago.
Also in the winners’ list was Emily Beecham for Little Joe who won the Best Actress accolade - playing Alice, a scientist who creates a genetically modified plant that seemingly causes uncanny changes in other living creatures. Antonio Banderas also took home the best actor award for his immaculate performance in Pedro Almodóvar's Pain & Glory, which features a past-his-prime director and his struggles with addiction and finds himself in the middle of creative crisis. "You have no idea how much I'd love to speak French," said Banderas to the roar of the crowd. "I met Pedro 40 years ago, eight 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. And also there are nights of glory. And this is my night of glory."