72nd Festival de Cannes

14.05.2019 to 25.05.2019

The Ecumenical Jury after the award ceremony, from left: Xavier Accart, Rose Pacatte, Roland Kaufmann (President of the Jury), Konstantin Terzis, Lucia Cuocci, Stefan Förner (photo: Daniel Beguin)

"A Hidden Life" by Terrence Malick (USA, Germany 2019) has won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes. The fact-based film tells of the resistance of an Austrian peasant against the National Socialists during World War II. The Golden Palm went for the first time to a film from South Korea: "Gisaengchung" (Parasite) by Bong Joon-Ho. The Prize of the International Association of Film Critics (Fipresci), which is traditionally awarded together with the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, was awarded to "It Must Be Heaven" by the Arab-Israeli director Elia Suleiman. The film was produced in France.

Link: Website of the Ecumenical Jury

Link: Festival website


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The compelling story of Franz Jägerstätter, an austrian farmer, who with the support of his wife, Fani, refused to pledge allegiance to Hitler, presents a profoundly human dilemma. The film’s high cinematographic values, direction, editing and script, express and explore the difficult challenges to the integrity of the human person on the level of conscience in the face of great evil. This is a universal story about the choices we make that transcend every earthly concern to follow one's conscience.