Sean Baker’s Anora wins Palme d’Or at Cannes News Fin

Directed by American indie director Sean Baker, Anora has won the Palme d’Or, the most important prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Anora is about an American sex worker whose fiancé is the son of a Russian oligarch. The film stars 25-year-old Mikey Maddison, and Russian Yuri Borisov, who rose to fame as the lead in the Finnish film Haiti No. 6.

According to director Greta Gerwig, who chaired the jury, Anora was “an incredible, humane and humane film that tugged at our hearts.”

Baker dedicated his film to all sex workers.

“This has been my only goal for the last 30 years, so I don’t know what I’m going to do with the rest of my life,” Baker, 53, said in his acceptance speech.

The second most important prize of the film festival, the Grand Prix, went to Payal Kapadia for the Indian film All We Imagine As Light.

A special award for an Iranian director

Jesse Plemons won Best Actor at Cannes for Kinds of Kindness, a farcical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

The Best Actress Award was shared between the three actresses of the Emilia Perez film, Carla Sofía Gascon, Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana. Gascon became the first transgender woman to win the Best Actress award at Cannes. In the Spanish-language musical Emilia Perez, she plays a drug cartel boss who undergoes gender reassignment surgery.

Gascon dedicated her win to “all trans people who are vulnerable.”

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof received the Special Jury Award for his film The Seed of the Sacred Fig. Earlier this month, Rasuloff was sentenced to five years in prison and caned in his home country, and fled Iran ahead of the Cannes Film Festival. .

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– I am deeply saddened by the devastation my people are experiencing every day. The Iranian people live under a totalitarian regime, Rasuloff said.

Miguel Gomez won the Best Director award for Grand Tour. For best screenplay, Coralie Fargit won for The Substance, starring Demi Moore.

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