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27 May 2023

The 76th Cannes Film Festival—which annually recognizes international films, directors and actors—concluded Saturday with the French film Anatomy of a Fall being awarded the festival’s top prize, while none of the American film entries received any honors.

Palme D'Or Winners Photocall - The 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Justine Triet won the Palme d'Or Saturday.

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Director Justine Triet was awarded the Palme d’Or—given annually to the festival’s best film—for her film Anatomy of a Fall, a French thriller detailing a woman’s attempt to prove her innocence in her husband’s death.

The Grand Prix, awarded to the second-best film, was given to British director Jonathan Glazer for The Zone of Interest, while French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung was awarded best director honors for The Pot Au Feu.

Koji Yakusho and Merve Dizdar won best actor and best actress for their performances in Perfect Days and About Dry Grasses, respectively, while best screenplay was awarded to Sakamoto Yuji’s Monster.

Saturday’s awards ran parallel to the festival’s “Un Certain Regard” ceremony Friday, which awarded top honors to Molly Manning Walker for her film How To Have Sex, while Asmae El Moudir won Best Director Prize for The Mother of All Lies.

The festival featured American entries from Wes Anderson (Asteroid City) and Todd Haynes (May December), though neither received any honors.

Martin Scorsese—who won the Palme d’Or in 1975 for Taxi Driverdebuted his upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio starring film Killers of the Flower Moon at the festival, but it was screened outside of competition.

Triet is the third woman director to be awarded the Palme d’Or, according to the Los Angeles Times, following Julia Ducournau’s win for Titane in 2021. Jane Campion was the first, after winning the award for The Piano in 1993.

Cannes Film Festival: Justine Triet’s ‘Anatomy Of A Fall’ Wins Palme D’or; Third Woman Ever To Take Top Prize (Deadline)

‘How To Have Sex’ Wins Cannes’ ‘Certain Regard’ Competition (Reuters)