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“Anora” Directed By Sean Baker Wins Palme d’Or At 77th Cannes Film Festival

“Anora,” a dark comedy involving a young “exotic dance” and her love interest, a Russian oligarch’s son, won the prestigious Palme d’Or At the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The director of Anora, Sean Baker, dedicated the award to "all sex workers past, present, and future.”

Director Greta Gerwig, who announced the winner of the Palme d’Or, said, “ Anora is an incredibly human and humane film that captured our hearts.” U.S. filmmaker Sean Baker was ecstatic, to say the least. All his past works submitted to Cannes, including The Florida Project and Red Rocket, showcase the dynamics of a sex worker’s life. Anora is yet another film underscoring the same concept in a funny yet thought-provoking way.

After the ceremony, Sean Baker told Reuters, “This has been my life's goal, so to reach this place is... I'm going to have to do some thinking tonight about what's next.”

But the night wasn’t only special for Baker. “All We Imagine As Light,” directed by Payal Kapadia, won The Grand Prix, the second most prestigious award at Cannes. Commenting on the success of her debut feature film, Kapadia said, “The fact that we could be here is a testament that if you stick to one thing and don't give up hope, then the film could possibly be made, and we are here.”


Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana starrer “Emlia Perez” was another highlight of the event. The film, which is basically a musical, won two awards that night. Miguel Gomes won the Best Director category for “Grand Tour,” while “The Substance” won the Best Screenplay.

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