Compartment No 6 (Hytti nro 6), directed by Juho Kuosmanen, has been named joint winner of the Grand Prix in the main competition at the 74th Festival de Cannes alongside Iranian entry A Hero (Ghahreman) by Asghar Farhadi, while Renate Reinsve won Best Actress for The Worst Person In The World (Verdens verste menneske).
Set against the backdrop of 1980s Soviet Union, Compartment No 6 (Hytti nro 6) follows a young Finnish woman (Seidi Haarla) who flees a love triangle to take the Trans Siberian Railway to the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. She is forced to share her journey with a Russian miner who hates the world, but the long journey through the snow brings them closer and changes their perspective on life.
Juho Kuosmanen said: “The last two weeks have seemed so long. This film is the story of a relationship between two people, but all stories involve relationships between people.”
Norwegian starlet Renate Reinsve won Best Actress for Joachim Trier’s feature The Worst Person In The World in which she plays Julie, who leaves her long term boyfriend Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) in the hope of finding something more meaningful. But a year later, Julie learns that he has become seriously ill so visits Aksel in hospital where a new honesty emerges.
Renate Reinsve said: “This award goes to so many people. It was a collective effort, everything came together so easily!”
Elsewhere, Valdimar Jóhannsson’s mystery Lamb won the Originality Prize at the Un Certain Regard sidebar of Cannes with his tale of a childless couple María (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snaer Gudnason) live on a remote sheep farm. When they discover a mysterious newborn on their farmland, they decide to keep it and raise it as their own, but while their new family brings them much joy, it ultimately destroys them.