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Cannes Film Festival: Queer Palm “The Beast” from Japan

Cannes Film Festival: Queer Palm “The Beast” from Japan

Japanese movie “Monster” won the Queer Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday night for best LGBTQ film. The feature film by Hirokazu Kureda, which is also in official competition, begins as a drama about school bullying, told from multiple points of view. The plot develops into a camaraderie and love between two teens and is shot with great care.

The Queer Palm has been awarded since 2010 and is awarded to a short or feature film that addresses LGBTQ or feminist issues. The English acronym LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. In 2022 Pakistani feature film “Joyland” gets an award.

The Cannes International Film Festival wrapped up Saturday night with the awarding of the Palme d’Or for best film. Twenty-one films compete for the main prize at the 76th Festival de la Côte d’Azur. Actress in competition with her new film, “Club Zero,” Austrian director Jessica Hausner hopes to win the Palme d’Or. It’s hard to pinpoint a clear favorite in advance, as few films have managed to coax the ranks of critics.

After his success in 1984 with “Paris, Texas,” German director Wim Wenders can hope for another Palme d’Or. He entered the competition with Perfect Days, about a skilled Japanese cleaner.

German actress Sandra Holler has a chance to win Best Actress. She had two main competition roles: as a Nazi wife in Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, and as the suspected husband’s murderer in Justin Tritt’s Anatomy of the Fall.