Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, filmed on Evia island, Greece, is the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, where it received an eight-minute standing ovation.
This is Östlund’s second Palme d’Or win; he was first awarded the prestigious prize for his film The Square in 2017, immediately after which he started to create Triangle of Sadness.
The satirical film is an international co-production between Sweden, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
In his acceptance speech, the Swedish filmmaker said he wanted to create a thought-provoking film.
“Someone told me one day: ‘The first Palme d’or can be an accident, but the second really means something,” he commented later.
“My first time in competition, everything was new for me, and I didn’t take advantage of it. This time, I’m with friends, with the team, so I’m very happy,” he revealed.
“At the time, I had the impression that auteur filmmaking had become boring,” said Östlund, and added that he “had the idea of taking up the important themes of our time in a context that makes audiences want to watch the film. We bring the audience in to discuss important themes. The most important question is that of responsibility: how do we build a society together?”
Cannes winner film shot on Evia beach and Onassis’s yacht
Written and directed by Ruben Östlund and starring Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, and Woody Harrelson, this dark comedy centers on a fashion model celebrity couple who are invited on a luxury cruise, alongside a gallery of uber-rich guests.
Filming for this year’s Cannes Film Festival winner took place for the most part on Evia island’s Chiliadou Beach. Scenes were also shot on other Greek islands on the stages of Film i Vast in Trollhättan, Sweden; and in the Mediterranean Sea on the Christina O, the yacht formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy.