Ruben Östlund describes the Palme d'Or as 'the greatest film prize in the world' Photo: Richard Mowe
Paul Dano Photo: Richard Mowe
Östlund also won a Palme for The Square in 2017. Not surprisingly he believes it to be, “The greatest film prize in the world. If I had to choose (between a Palme and an Academy Award) it would be an easy choice". He received Oscar dominations for best director and original screenplay for Triangle.
When first asked to perform the role by Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux his first reaction was that he was “too young” for such an onerous task. He had one day to think about and responded positively. “It’s still may be ten years too early,” he laughed.
He is curious to discover the group dynamics among the diverse band of jurors and also to immerse himself in films in a concentrated way.
Julie Ducournau, who won the Palme d'Or for Titane Photo: Richard Mowe
On the vexed question of protests against the French government’s pension reforms (the city of Cannes has banned any such manifestations) he offered his support to those seeking to make their point and his sympathy to those who working at the Festival.
Julie Ducournau, only the second woman to win the prestigious Palme d’Or, for Titane in 2021, confessed she had missed several of the calls from the Festival office asking for her participation. “Winning that prize can be life-changing. It is not just honorific it has practical benefit in raising the money for your next film.”
The festival starts this evening (May 16) with costume drama Jeanne du Barry by Maiwenn and with Johnny Depp. The first Competition title to screen will be Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Monster, tomorrow.