The 72nd Cannes Film Festival came to a close earlier today with the top prize of the Palme d’Or going to Bong Joon-ho’s widely celebrated “Parasite” – making Bong the first South Korean to ever win the prize. Second place prize of the Grand Prix went to the more divisive “Atlantique”.
Winners were diverse. Antonio Banderas took Best Actor honors for his work in Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” Emily Beecham won Best Actress for “Little Joe,” Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” nabbed best screenplay, and Cesar Diaz took the Camera d’Or for “Our Mothers”.
The Dardennes brothers took the Directing prize for “The Young Ahmed,” while “Bacurau” and “Les Miserables” split the Jury Prize. Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” also earned a last minute special mention.
The announcements come as the talk of Cannes in the past few days hasn’t been about the good films but rather one of its greatest dogs – Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo” which premiered at the festival to multiple walkouts.
Sitting at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes with ten reviews counted, the four hour film – about a young woman and two guys who spend most of their time in a nightclub – has inspired many a humorous quote about how it spends more than half its runtime focused on female butts and twerking with occasional stops to buy drinks or engage in banal conversation.
In fact, a source for The Sun has done a count with the number of female butts the film focuses on said to come in at 178. Much of the talk is about a scene two-thirds of the way through which boasts what appears to be 13 minutes of unsimulated cunnilingus in a nightclub bathroom.
Kechiche, who was accused of sexual assault last Fall with him subsequently denying the claims, famously suffered from controversy regarding one of his earlier films – the Palme d’Or-winning 2013 title “Blue is the Warmest Color”. That film generated talk about the issues of onscreen sex and actor consent, and postings by film journalists on Twitter suggests similar talk may happen with this film.