Cannes Jury On Their ‘Unanimous’ Palme d’Or Decision & Elle Fanning’s Surprise Contributions

The Playlist | 5/25/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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CANNES – Being a part of a film festival jury means you will never satisfy everyone. It’s part of the gig. For the jury of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, they were lucky enough to be handed a slate that featured few outright “bad” films and a bunch of worthy Palme d’Or contenders. The president of the jury, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, spoke to the press after the ceremony about the process the members went through to determine what turned out to be a unanimous selection of Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” for the top prize.

“The process was the same for every film,” Iñárritu says. “We saw 2-3 films a day. 21 films in the last 10 days. We saw it most times together with the audience, which is great. Not in a private room or things like that. From that experience normally we went to our room and our shared immediate reactions and impressions, but we never made a decision. We were not trying to get to a result immediately. We tried to always give the times to assimilate we felt to grow. And honestly, it was a beautiful process of sharing our impressions. IT was a beautiful share our notes what we were excited about. If we did not like it we didn’t spend our time explaining what we like or what we [don’t] like.”

Parasite - Iñárritu - Praise

As for “Parasite,” Iñárritu was effusive in his praise.

“This film is such a unique experience, an unexpected film,” Iñárritu. “I can explain it as an experience, we all shared the mystery of the unexpected way this film took us through different genres mixing and speaking in a funny, humorous, tender way of with no judgment of something so relevant and urgent and so global in such a local film with such a beautiful efficiency of media and...
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