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2022 Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony: Award winners and highlights

The 75th edition of the iconic film festival took place in the south of France this month and Tom Cruise picked up a special award for Top Gun: Maverick.

Winners and highlights from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival
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The Cannes International Film Festival concluded on Saturday 28 May after an 11-day run of some of the finest movies and most illustrious awards in the world of cinema.

Located on the glamourous French Riviera, the festival focuses on international cinema but also features haute culture fashion on its iconic red carpet. This year’s edition, the 75th in the festival’s history, paid tribute to Tom Cruise, with Top Gun: Maverick premiering at the event.

We take a look at the winners from this year’s ceremony, and the awards announced before.

Cannes Film Festival Winners 2022

Palme d’Or

Triangle Of Sadness, director: Ruben Ostlund

Grand Prize (Award shared)

Stars At Noon, director: Claire Denis

Close, director: Lukas Dhont

Best Director

Park Chan-wook, Decision To Leave

Special 75th Anniversary Prize

Tori And Lokita, directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Jury Prize (Award shared)

EO, director: Jerzy Skolimowski

The Eight Mountains, directors: Felix Van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch

Best Actor

Song Kang-ho, Broker

Best Screenplay

Tarik Saleh, Boy From Heaven

Best Actress

Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Holy Spider

Camera d’Or

War Pony, directors: Riley Keough & Gina Gammell

Camera d’Or Special Mention

Plan 75, director: Chie Hayakawa

Short Film Palme d’Or

The Water Murmurs, director: Jianying Chen

Pre-festival award winners

Best Documentary

All That Breathes, director: Shaunak Sen

Special Jury Prize

Mariupolis 2, director: Mantas Kvedaravicius

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Broker, director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Highlights of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

Of all the worthy winners across the festival, few received the acclaim offered to Tom Cruise for his involvement in Top Gun: Maverick. The film itself received a five-minute standing applause after its first showing and Cruise himself was awarded a surprise Palme d’Or.

Before the film’s premiere, Cruise was the subject of a tribute reel showed in the theatre and French fighter jets flew overhead with blue, white and red smoke streaming.

“An incredible evening and an incredible time,” Cruise told those gathered, “Just to see everyone’s faces. It’s been 36 years since Top Gun and we had to hold this for two years because of the pandemic.”

Also in the headline from Cannes was Ruben Ostlund who won the Palme d-Or for Triangle of Sadness!, becoming only the ninth director to have won the Palme twice.

Directing brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, were also honoured with a special prize to mark the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Song Kang-ho won the award for best actor for his appearance in Broker. Kang-ho first came to international attention for his Oscar-winning work in Parasite.


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