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Palme D'Or 2024 To Anora - A Modern Cinderella Tale By Sean Baker

Anora is the title of the film that will be chased this year around the world in order to finally see it. Because Anora by Sean Baker has won the Palm d'or at the 77th Festival de Cannes.

The Jury chaired by American director, screenwriter and actress Greta Gerwig has voted in favour of this witty modern Cinderella tale, dissapointing many in the audience for undermining the merits of the Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof for his masterpiece The Seed of The Sacred Fig who, because of it, had to run away and escape the prison sentence. This film received only a Special Award.

Nevetheless, Anora has deserved its prize for its firecracking comedy combined with loads of stress and sadness. It tells a story of a strip dancer Ani who is asked to entertain Ivan, a son of the Russian oligarch. It's like Pretty Woman but just more believable. Ivan talks her into becoming his girlfriend for a week and then marries her in Las Vergas. Only the tale ends when Ivan's parents find out about the deed and send the henchman to change the story.

The Indian director's Payal Kapadia’s first feature film All We Imagine As A Light has won the Grand Prix, meanwhile Jacques Audiard’s gangster trans musical Emilia Perez snatched not only the Jury Prize but also the four-split best actress prize handed to Adriana Paz, Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and trans star Karla Sofía Gascón.

Th Jury made a justified decision by naming Miguel Gomes the best director for his charming Grand Tour. The Best Screenplay Prize went to Coralie Fargeat’s The Substance, a body-horror satire featuring Demi Moore.

Famous for his sucesses Yorgos Lanthimos was left out of the prizes this year for his Kinds of Kindness, except for Jesse Plemons who received the best actor prize for the extraordinary performance in the film.

See the list of all winners here.


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