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Justine Triet won the Palme d’Or 2023 and used her position to protest a French government program

The thriller “Anatomy of a Fall”, directed by Justine Triet, won the 2023 Palme d’Or for best film of the 76th Cannes Film Festival.

This makes Triet the third woman director to win the festival’s top honor. However, she is the second one in three years. The first female director to take home the prize was Jane Campion who won the Palme d’Or in 1993 for her film “The Piano”. Back in 2021, Julia Ducournau won the prize for her movie “Titane”.

The film “Anatomy of a Fall” follows a German novelist (played by Sandra Hüller), who is put on trial for murder. This is because of the sudden and suspicious death of her husband.

Jane Fonda, who was presenting this year’s top honor, explained that when she first attended the Cannes Film Festival back in the 1970’s, “There were no women directors competing at that time, and it never even occurred to us that there was something wrong with that. We’ve come a long way.”

Justine Triet used her position to protest the French government's austerity programs by claiming that the French system of “cultural exception... without which I would not be here today” was under threat. She later on said that “This award is dedicated to all the young women directors and all the young male directors: All those who cannot manage to shoot films today. We must give them space, the space I occupied 15 years ago in a less-hostile world, where it was still possible to make mistakes and to start again.”


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Credit: Festival de Cannes


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