2023 Canne Film Festival: Justine Triet Becomes Third Woman to Win Palme d’Or

Justine Triet poses with The Palme D'Or Award for
Justine Triet poses with The Palme D'Or Award for "Anatomy of a Fall" during the Palme D'Or winners photocall at the 76th annual Cannes film festival in May 2023. Photo by Boyer David/ABACA/Shutterstock (13936592h)

This year’s Cannes Film Festival gave us more amazing movies than we can count, but only one could walk away with Palme d’Or. Justine Triet made waves with her latest film Anatomy of a Fall and became the third woman in the event’s 76-year history to take its top prize home.

Anatomy of a Fall gripped the Cannes audience with its thrilling story about a German writer who finds herself in the middle of an intense murder trial after her husband is found dead in the snow below their secluded chalet in the French Alps.

Triet joins the exclusive company of Jane Campion and Julia Ducournau as the third woman to ever claim this prestigious award, and she dedicated it to all the young directors trying to make an impact today.

“We must give them the space I occupied 15 years ago in a less hostile world where it was still possible to make mistakes and start again,” said Triet in her acceptance speech.

The Cannes Film Festival returned to the French Riviera between May 16-27 and introduced us to some of the year’s most anticipated films. Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest won the prestigious Grand Prix, while Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves walked away with the Jury Prize.


Palme d’Or
Anatomy of a Fall, dir: Justine Triet

Grand Prize
The Zone of Interest, dir: Jonathan Glazer

Best Director
Tranh Anh Hung, The Pot-au-Feu

Jury Prize
Fallen Leaves, dir: Aki Kaurismaki

Best Screenplay
Yuji Sakamato, Monster

Best Actress
Merve Dizdar, About Dry Grasses

Best Actor
Koji Yakusho, Perfect Days

Camera d’Or
Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, dir: Thien An Pham

Short Film Palme d’Or
27, dir: Flóra Anna Buda

Special Mention:
Far, dir: Gunnur Martinsdottir Schluter