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‘Anora’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Festival

Mikey Madison stars as Ani in “Anora” Image courtesy of Neon.

A Winner Has Been Crowned at the Cannes Film Festival

Anora was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 77th International Film Festival in Cannes. One of the film industry’s most highly prized events is The Cannes Film Festival, and the Palme d’Or is considered a huge component for awards season. The film was selected by a jury composed of nine jurors, which was led by director Greta Gerwig (Barbie, 2023) as president. 

The Winner 

The film festival wrapped on Saturday with Anora receiving the Palme d’Or. The film is a romantic dramedy that Mikey Madison (2022’s Scream and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) leads as an exotic dancer from Brooklyn who falls in love with the son of a Russian oligarch. When she marries him. she soon realizes that there is more than what meets the eye. 

The movie is directed by Sean Baker, who is the first American filmmaker to win the Palme d’Or since Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, 2011). In a report from National Public Radio (NPR) when accepting his award, Baker spoke from the podium about the importance of the moviegoing experience. “Watching a film with others in a movie theater is one of the great communal experiences,” Baker said. “We share laughter, sorrow, anger, fear and hopefully have a catharsis with our friends and strangers. So I say the future of cinema is where it started: in a movie theater.” Bakers’ prior prestigious and acclaimed projects also consist of Red Rocket (2021) and The Florida Project (2017).

Neon’s Winning Streak 

Neon was founded in 2017 by Tom Quinn and Tim League. The distributor has been fortunate at acquiring films that have gone on to win the highest honor at The Cannes Film Festival for five consecutive years. Academy Award Best Picture winner Parasite (2020) was the beginning of Neon’s success. This streak was followed by Tiatane (2021), The Triangle of Sadness (2022), and the recent Best Original Screenplay Winner Anatomy of a Fall (2023). Last year, Neon acquired the distribution rights for Anora and is slated for a theatrical release this year.

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