Cannes Film Festival: Palme d’Or for ‘Triangle of Sorrow’ by Sweden Ostlund and Iranian Zar Ebrahimi for Best Actress


The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival concluded on Saturday in the south of France with the awarding of the “Palm d’Or” grand prize to the film “The Triangle of Sorrow” by Swedish director Robin Ostlund.

“When we started working on this movie, I think we had one goal – to really try to make an exciting movie for the audience and provide thought-provoking content,” said Ostlund.

“We wanted them to be entertained, we wanted them to ask themselves questions, we wanted them to come out after the show and have something to talk about,” he added.

In this film, Ostlund continues his critique of the bourgeoisie, which he sees as immersed in another world of luxury.

His film begins with a test of selecting a group of young fashion models in a space of humor and irony, and then moves on to a journey on a luxury yacht with two of the group and a number of wealthy Russians and Americans display their wealth and opulence before the simple workers and laborers who serve them aboard the yacht.

The voyage’s voyage ends in a disaster that leads to drowning, and in the crisis of drowning and the survival of some and their arrival on a deserted island, these rich figures descend from their ivory towers, and are subject to the simple commands. of a worker they served, but she proves she has the best survival skills.

Variety said in his review of the film: “What makes Östlund so special is that he makes you laugh, but it also makes you think.”

“No matter what field he is dealing with, we are obliged to see the world differently,” she added.

The festival awarded the jury prize equally to two films: “Nearby” by Belgian director Lucas Comte and “Stars at Noon” by French director Claire Denis.

Swedish director of Egyptian origin Tarek Saleh’s controversial film “A Boy from Heaven” was awarded the best screenplay award.

Visit Amir Ibrahimi, winner of Best Actress Award for her role in a movie

Iranian actress Zaar Amir Ebrahimi, winner of Best Actress Award for her role in “Holy Spider”

“Holy spider” The killings in Iran

Iranian actress Zar Amir Ibrahimi, who is living in exile after a smear campaign over her love life, cried, tears of joy in her eyes when she received the award for best actress at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

Ebrahimi, 41, won for her role in the movie “The Holy Spider”, where she plays a journalist who tries to solve a series of murders of prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad in Iran.

“I went through a lot until I could be on this stage tonight. My story was not easy,” Ebrahimi told the audience at the awards ceremony.

“The cinema saved her,” she added.

She said: “There was humiliation, but I had the cinema, it was loneliness, but I had the cinema, it was darkness, but there was the cinema. I now stand before you on a night of joy . “

The film “Holy Spider” by the Danish-Iranian director Ali Abbasi, was inspired by the true story of a working class man who killed prostitutes in the early 2000s and became known as “The Killer Spider”.

Abbasi was not allowed to shoot the film in Iran and was eventually filmed in Jordan.

Ebrahimi became a star in Iran in her early twenties for her role in one of the longest Iranian series, “Narjes”.

But her personal and professional life fell apart shortly after the show ended, when a sex tape was leaked online in 2006 pretending to show her.

“about women”

Ibrahimi’s character in “The Holy Spider” was also the victim of corrupt rumors and male predation.

The film suggests that there was little official pressure to apprehend the killer, who was eventually considered a hero to the religious.

“This movie is about women, about their bodies, it’s a movie full of faces, hair, hands, feet, breasts, sex – and everything that is impossible to show in Iran,” Ebrahimi said.

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She added: “Thank you, Ali Abbasi, for being so crazy and so generous and for making this powerful thing (the movie) against all odds.”

Ebrahimi said in an earlier press conference after the film’s premiere that she was inspired by her true journalist friends in Iran.

“I know the problems they face every day,” she said. “Many of my journalist friends, especially women, left Iran just after me.”


“Holy Spider” director Ali Abbasi and his son and actress visited Amir Ebrahimi and actor Mehdi Baghstani

“Everyday life”

Abbasi insisted that the film should not be considered controversial.

“Everything that appears here is part of people’s daily lives. There is enough evidence that people in Iran also have sex. There is a lot of evidence of prostitution in every city in Iran,” he said.

Ebrahimi grew up in Tehran, where she attended a school to teach drama, producing her first film at the age of 18, and soon became known for her portrayal of wise and honest characters.

In 2006, Iranian investigators began investigating a widespread black market video that allegedly showed the young soap star making love to her boyfriend.

The leak of the video fled the country because it runs the risk of being arrested. Ebrahimi said at the time that she was the victim of an “immoral campaign”.

The case became so important that the Tehran public prosecutor dealt with it personally.

Ebrahimi then moved to Paris, did not speak French, and remained afloat at loose works.

“I did not know anything about the film industry in France,” she told the French newspaper Le Monde. “There was no one to help me,” she added. “It took me two or three years to figure out where I landed.”

During the awards ceremony, Brahimi thanked France and described her adopted country as “strange, ambivalent – happy but likes to be unhappy”.

Sacred Spider has received many positive reviews in Cannes, with the Hollywood Reporter saying that it “has equally gripping and disturbing parts, and is not suitable for the crook”.

In turn, the British newspaper The Guardian described the film as a “strange fictional version”, but added that “Al-Abassi undoubtedly conveys the brutal situations and experiences that the concept of victimhood creates.”

Director Tarek Saleh, winner of the award for best screenplay for a film

Director Tarek Saleh, winner of the Best Screenplay Award for “A Boy from Heaven”, and “Triangle of Grief” director Robin Ostlund

This is how the festival awards were handed out that It’s back on its 75th anniversary to me sy pad This year, after two years of turmoil, Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus :

Golden Palm: Robin Ostlund for “The Triangle of Sorrow” (Sweden-Germany-France-Britain)

Big price: Participation between Lucas Dönett, “Nearby” (Belgium-Netherlands-France) and Claire Denis, “Stars at Noon” (France)

Best Director: Park Chan-wook “Decided to leave” (South Korea)

Best Actress: He visited Amir Ibrahimi for the movie “The Holy Spider” (Denmark-Germany-Sweden-France).

best actor: Song Kang-ho for “Broker” (South Korea)

Best scenario: Tariq Saleh on “A Boy from Heaven” (Sweden-France-Finland-Denmark)

Jury Prize: Participation between Jerzy Skolimowski for the movie “EO” (Poland), Charlotte Vandermerch and Felix van Groningen for the movie “The Eight Mountains” (Italy – Belgium – France – Britain).

Gold camera for best first film: Riley Keough and Gina Gammell for “War Pony” (USA)

Best short film: Jiangyin Chen, “The Water Murmurs” (China)

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