French writer and director Justine Triet’s murder mystery film Anatomy of a Fall won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Anatomy of a Fall tells the story of a writer, played by German actress Sandra Hüller, accused of her husband’s murder.

4. Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Justinw Triet wins Palme d’Or for Anatomy of a fall

Triet is the third female director to win the Palme d’Or following Julia Ducournau for Titane in 2021 and Jane Campion, who shared the award for The Piano with Farewell My Concubine in 1993.

The Grand Prix, the festival’s second-highest prize, went to British director Jonathan Glazer for The Zone of Interest, an adaptation of the late Martin Amis’s novel of the same name about a family living next to Auschwitz.

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Meanwhile, the jury prize went to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki’s Fallen Leaves, a deadpan love story about a romance that blooms between a quiet young woman and a heavy-drinker.

Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, who plays a middle-aged Tokyo man who cleans toilets in Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days, won the best actor award.

Turkish star Merve Dizdar won the best actress prize for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses which sees her play a teacher in an isolated village in Turkey

Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung won best director for Pot-au-Feu, a love story starring Benoît Magimel and Juliette Binoche as a 19th-century gourmet and his cook.

Best screenplay was awarded to Yuji Sakamoto for Monster, which also won the Queer Palm, an honour bestowed by journalists for the festival’s strongest LGBT themed film.

Triet beat 21 other films in competition for the accolade, seeing off tough competition from new films by acclaimed directors including Wes Anderson, Marco Bellocchio and Ken Loach.

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