Palme d’Or for “Anora” by Sean Baker

Sean Baker’s film “Anora” was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

The American director, cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and editor won the Palme d’Or for “Anora,” a tumultuous romance between a dancer (Mikey Madison) and the obscenely rich son of a Russian oligarch (played by Mark Eidelstein). As Variety notes.

Baker is the first American director to win the festival’s top prize since Terrence Malick won the Phoenix for The Tree of Life in 2011. Anora is Baker’s third film to debut at Cannes, following The Florida Project and Red Rocket.

Baker, 53, dedicated the award to “all sex workers, past, present and future,” stressing the importance of “making films that are meant for theatrical release.” As Baker said from the Festival floor, “people need to be reminded that watching a movie while scrolling on your phone at home… is not the (right) way. Watching a movie with others in a movie theater is one of the great shared experiences. That’s why I say that the future of cinema is where it started: in the cinema.”

Prizes detailed

Golden Palm
Anora, Sean Baker

Great prize
Everything we imagine as light, Payal Kapadia

Commission award
Emilia Perez, Jacques Audiard

Special Award
The Seed of the Holy Fig, Muhammad Rasuloff

Best Actress
Carla Sofia Gascon, Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, Emilia Perez

Best actor
Jesse Plemons, Varieties of Kindness

Direction
Miguel Gomez, Grand Tour

The script
The Substance by Coraline Farza

Golden Camera (Debut Director)
Armand, Ulman Todel of Half

Special reference
Mongrel, Chiang Wei Liang, Yu Qiao Yin

Golden Palm of Short Length
A man who cannot remain silent, Νεμποζα Σλιγιέπσεβιτς

Special reference
Bad for a moment, Daniel Soares

This year’s Jury includes the president American director and actress Greta Gerwig, screenwriter and director Ebru Ceylan (Turkey), actress Lily Gladstone (USA), actress Eva Green (France), director and screenwriter Nadine Lampaki (Lebanon), director and screenwriter Juan Antonio Bayona (Spain), actor Pierfrancesco Favino (Italy), director Hirokazu Kore Eda (Japan) and actor and producer Omar Sy (France).

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