Director Ruben Östlund has made Swedish film history by winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes for the second time with his satirical look at the world of fashion and the super-rich, Triangle Of Sadness. He previously won the prestigious award in 2017 for The Square.
Triangle Of Sadness takes place on a luxury cruise where its Marxist captain (Woody Harrelson) punishes his spoilt passengers by staging a grand dinner during a violent storm, leading to food poisoning and seasickness. But when they all become marooned on a deserted island, the hierarchy is turned upside down and the power dynamic shifts.
Ruben Östlund said: “When we started to make this film I think we had one goal – to really, really try to make an exciting film for the audience and bring thought-provoking content. We wanted to entertain them, we wanted them to ask themselves questions, we wanted them to after the screening go out and have something to talk about.”
Meanwhile, Tarik Saleh won Best Screenplay at Cannes for his film Boy from Heaven about the ruthless power struggle between Eqypt’s religious and political elite after the death of a Grand Imam, and Zar Amir-Ebrahimi picked up Best Actress for her role in Ali Abbasi’s film Holy Spider about a journalist investigating a serial killer who believes that he is cleansing the streets of sinners.
CLIP FROM TRIANGLE OF SADNESS: