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2019 sees glitziest Cannes Film Festival

Korean film 'Parasite' wins Palme d'Or

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Ana Hernández | Cannes Editor | Published: 27 May 2019

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2019 sees glitziest Cannes Film Festival

The 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes was one of the most glamorous to date. The Riviera city hosted some of the most sought-after Hollywood stars and prestigious filmmakers for two weeks in what is Europe's biggest celebration of cinema as an art form.

This year's main event was the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's latest film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', coinciding with the 25th anniversary of his victory at this same festival with his second movie, 'Pulp Fiction'. The event gathered two of Hollywood's most legendary modern stars, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, who walked the red carpet together, along with Margot Robbie and Tarantino himself.

The festival's opening title was Jim Jarmusch's 'The Dead Don't Die', a zombie flick with Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver and Selena Gómez. Other highlights included Pedro Almodóvar's 'Dolor y Gloria' which assembled Spain's biggest stars, Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas – winner of the Best Performance by an Actor award. Sylvester Stallone was honoured at this edition of the festival where he unveiled a sneak peek at his new film, 'Rambo V: Last Blood'. Elton John's biopic, 'Rocketman' was also first seen here, with the iconic singer and his husband attending the premiere as well as the cast of the film: Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden.

Dozens of stars have walked the red carpet in the past couple of weeks. Orlando Bloom, Eva Longoria, Marion Cotillard, Aishwarya Rai, Léa Seydoux, Alain Delon – who got the honorary Palme d'Or, Isabelle Huppert, Zhang Ziyi, Xavier Dolan, Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Monica Bellucci and Miles Teller were just a few of them.

Gisaengchung ('Parasite') by Bong Joon-Ho took home the coveted Palme d'Or, a prize that was given out at yesterday's closing ceremony by this year's jury, presided over by director Alejandro González Iñárritu and which included Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos and Elle Fanning among others.

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