David Jenkins


Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall wins the 2023 Palme d’Or

The psychological courtroom thriller with the great Sandra Hüller wins the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

We all know how it goes down… The Cannes press corps spend ten days collating, speculating and algorithmically predicting in the hope that they can offer the inside track on the final-day prize-giving. And every year, like some bout of forced amnesia, we forget that the jury are in a bubble, have not interacted with a single word of the vast reams of verbiage that were lovingly placed into the public domain, and have gone their own sweet way.

And that is how it should be, as it would be a tremendous bore if the consensus pick was always victorious. This year, Reuben Östlund and his jury were giving a vintage crop of films to adjudicate and, well, their task this year is certainly unenviable. One thing we can say, though, is that the chances of the Palme d’Or going to a duffer or some middling effort that all jurors liked but nobody loved are much slimmer than usual.

Below, without further ado, are all the prizes from the 2023 festival.

Short film: 27 by Flóra Anna Buda
Camera d’Or: Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell by Pham Thien An
Best Actor: Koji Yakusho for Wim Wenders’s Perfect Days
Best Actress: Merve Dizdar for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses – Read our review
Best Screenplay: Yuji Sakamoto, Monster by Hirokazu Koreeda Read our review
Jury Prize: Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismäki Read our review
Best Director: Tran Ahn Hung for The Pot-au-Feu Read our review
Grand Prix: The Zone of Interest by Jonathan Glazer Read our review
Palme d’Or: Anatomy of a Fall by Justine Triet Read our review

Published 27 May 2023

Tags: Aki Kaurismäki Cannes Hirokazu Koreeda Jonathan Glazer Justine Triet Nuri Bilge Ceylan Sandra Hüller Tran Ahn Hung Wim Wenders

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