2023 Cannes Film Festival: Justine Triet Scores Historic Win With “Anatomy of a Fall”

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 many critically acclaimed films, but only one could take Palme d’Or home. This award went into the hands of Justine Triet, who wrote her name in history books and became the third woman to win the festival’s big prize with Anatomy of a Fall.

Anatomy of a Fall stars Sandra Hüller, who delivered one of the festival’s best performances as a German writer entangled in a gripping murder trial. Following the mysterious death of her husband at their secluded chalet in the Alps, she finds herself facing murder charges and struggling to prove her innocence.

Jane Fonda, who presented Palme d’Or to Triet, reflected on the major cultural shift that the festival went through since her first appearance at the festival in 1963.

“There were no women directors competing at that time and it never occurred to us there was something wrong with that… We have progressed, but we have a long way to go. We have to celebrate change when it happens,” said Fonda.

Seven female directors were competing in Palme d’Or this year, and Justine Triet made history as the third woman to collect this prize, following in the footsteps of Jane Campion and Julia Ducournau, who served as the member of the jury led by the Swedish director Ruben Östlund.


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