We have classified the “Palmes d’or” of the last 20 years – Benzine Magazine

No “Palme d’Or” at Cannes for this year 2020. We reviewed the last 20 films that received the supreme award on the Croisette to make our ranking and to see how all these films have aged.

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As with most events, 2020 will be a blank year for the annual meeting of world cinema on the Croisette in Cannes. And as there will therefore be no prize awarded this year by the Cannes jury which was to be chaired by Spike lee, we decided to go back to the films that have obtained the prestigious Palme d’Or over the past 20 editions, in order to award our “Palme d’or 2020” which would crown and close in style the last 20 years of the Festival de Cannes.

A top 20 which will also be an opportunity to see how these films have aged, those which have fallen into oblivion (Fahrenheit 9/11), those who deserve to be rediscovered (Uncle Boonmie, Winter Sleep), those that have been revised upwards (The Square) and those who quickly became cult (Parasite, Elephant). and also those who still remain divisive in the cinema community (The Square, Adèle’s life, Me Daniel Blake, Love…)

Already acclaimed by the editors of BENZINE as film of the decade 2010 and film of the year 2019, Parasite once again gathered all the votes and won by a short header in front of Elephant.

1. PARASITE by Bong Joon-ho


Huge Korean filmmaker, Bong joon-ho truly approaches perfection with Parasite, awarded a Palme d’Or in Cannes. There is everything a cinema lover can appreciate and what also makes a great film: staging, acting, characterization of the characters, dialogues, work on space and temporality, diabolical and highly enjoyable scenario. … With so much gusto, we can say that Bong joon-ho is now the equal of a Martin scorsese or a Quentin Tarantino, political discourse on top of that.

2. ELEPHANT by Gus Van Sant


Elephant contemplates a piece of the world then conceptualizes it, magnifies it, transcends it beyond horror without looking for a meaning, a summary understanding; his apprehension of the massacre (and the forward) is mainly artistic, full of an autumnal and diaphanous beauty that goes on and on like an absolutely intangible memory.

3. THE SON’S BEDROOM by Nanni Moretti


Nanni Moretti manages in this film to represent the deepest pain without ever sinking into pathos and the taste of tears and delivers an almost entomological vision of the work of mourning. We find there the usual obsessions of Moretti, on the Word and the Law, subtly represented as the ultimate cause of misfortune.

4. WINTER SLEEP by Nuri Bilge Ceylan


A deep and dizzying intimate epic that dissects the human soul with strength and aestheticism. A dramatic fresco, a monumental feature film that is in line with the classics of Ingmar Bergman or Anton Tchekhov.

5. THE PIANIST by Roman Polanski


Roman Polanski signs his most personal film, himself surviving the living conditions in these Polish ghettos. A survival film of remarkable dramatic intensity with an Adrien Brody who plays the role of his life.

6. THE WHITE RIBBON by Michael Haneke


A masterful fable on the beginnings of Nazism. Michael Haneke attacks the roots of Evil with a very precise virtuoso staging, an austere and dense story with a slow narration, sublimated by a sumptuous black and white photography.

7. A FAMILY AFFAIR by Hirokazu Kore-Eda


The benevolent portrait of a family where solidarity is set up as a bulwark against the violence of the world. A sensitive, funny and touching film without the slightest moral judgment. Great humanist cinema.

8. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS by Cristian Mungiu


A film, totalitarian and implacable, which puts us face to face with the unspeakable and plunges us without concession into the suffocating and deleterious atmosphere of a dictatorship, or how to survive in the depths of horror, in Caucescu’s Romania.

9. THE LIFE OF ADÈLE : Chapters 1 and 2 by Abdellatif Kechiche


A film that embraces us and capsizes us. A film sublimated by the carnal and moving performance of two astonishing actresses of truth. A hymn to love, to freedom, to youth. To live is to love freely!

10. THE SQUARE by Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund uses irony and cold humor in a critique of our societies today and of our beautiful indifference. Stripping, bushy, The square does not seek to teach a lesson in humanism or morality: it simply scans. He itches.

11. DHEEPAN by Jacques Audiard
12. DANCER IN THE DARK by Lars Van Trier
13. LOVE by Michael Haneke
14. THE CHILD by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
15. UNCLE BOONMEE the one who remembers his past lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
16. ME, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach
17. THE TREE OF LIFE by Terrence Malick
18. THE WIND PICKS UP by Ken Loach
19. BETWEEN THE WALLS by Laurent Cantet
20. FAHRENHEIT 9/11 by Michael Moore

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We have classified the “Palmes d’or” of the last 20 years – Benzine Magazine

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