The Jerusalem Post
Israeli movie ‘Ahed’s Knee’ co-wins Cannes’ Jury Prize
The 74th Cannes Film Festival announced the awards in the main competition in its closing ceremony on Saturday night and Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s film, Ahed’s Knee, won the Jury Prize, which it shared with Apichatpong Weerasthakul’s Memoria.
Ahed’s Knee is a searing critique of artistic censorship in Israel and received some of its funding from the Israel Film Fund and the Culture and Sport Ministry. Nadav’s previous film, Synonyms, about an Israeli in Paris trying to become French, won the Golden Bear, the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019.
Lapid released a video clip following the ceremony in which he said: “I think that my only sorrow on this amazing evening is that my mother, Era Lapid, is not here and can’t see all this, this very emotional moment when I return with this big prize, on the biggest stage for international film in the world, in this crazy year... No one is happier than me, no one is more joyful than me.” His mother, a film editor who worked on his previous films, passed away in 2018. He then turned his camera to show the sunset over Cannes.
US director Spike Lee was the jury president this year and he seemed to accidentally announce the winner of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, earlier than planned due to a mix-up, according to deadline.com.
The event’s hostess asked Lee, in French, if he could announce the “first prize” and instead of going in chronological order, the director said Julia Ducournau’s Titane had won. Titane tells the story of a son who has
been missing for 10 years and is reunited with his father in the wake of a violent crime spree. Ducournau is the second woman to win the top prize at Cannes. The first was Jane Campion for The Piano 28 years ago.
The hostess moved on to the prize that was supposed to be given at that moment – Best Actor for Nitram’s Caleb Landry Jones. Lee asked that from then on, everyone should speak English to him to avoid any further mix-ups, which drew laughter. Twitter blew up over the snafu.
The rest of the jury was comprised of French director/actress Mati Diop, French pop star Mylène Farmer, American actress/director Maggie Gyllenhaal, Austrian director Jessica Hausner, French director/actress Mélanie Laurent, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, French actor Tahar Rahim and Korean actor Song Kang-ho.
Cannes usually takes place in early May, but last year it was postponed and eventually canceled due to the pandemic. This year, audiences wore masks and certain other regulations were in place, including frequent tests for all those attending. Lea Seydoux, an actress who stars in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, which was shown in the main competition, was the highest profile Cannes attendee to test positive for COVID-19 and had to sit out the red carpet and press conferences.