The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival took place from 14 to 25 May 2019.
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu served as jury president.
The Palme d’Or went to the South Korean film Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho; Bong became the first Korean director to win the award.
American film director Jim Jarmusch’s ensemble zombie comedy film The Dead Don’t Die served as the opening film of the festival.
The festival honoured French filmmaker Agnès Varda, who died in March 2019, featuring her on the official poster of the festival.
The photograph used was taken during the filming of her debut film La Pointe Courte (1955), which later screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
2019 Cannes Film Festival Winners
- Palme d’Or: “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho
- Grand Prix: “Atlantics,” Mati Diop
- Jury Prize (tie): “Les Misérables” (Ladj Ly) and “Bacurau” (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles)
- Best Actress: Emily Beecham, “Little Joe”
- Best Actor: Antonio Banderas, “Pain & Glory”
- Best Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, “The Young Ahmed”
- Best Screenplay: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma
- Special Mention of the Jury: “It Must Be Heaven,”Elia Suleiman
- Camera d’Or: “Our Mothers,” César Díaz
- Short Film Palme d’Or: “The Distance Between Us And The Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos
- Special Mention of the Jury: “ Monstruo Dios,” Agustina San
- Queer Palm (Feature): “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma
- Queer Palm (Short): “The Distance Between Us And The Sky,” Vasilis Kekatos
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