Italian satire ‘Reality’ scooped the second place grand prize at the 65th Cannes Film Festival this year.
The movie tells the story of a Naples fishmonger obsessed with watching and becoming the star of reality TV.
‘Reality’ is directed by Matteo Garrone, who explained his influences: “My point of reference for this film is certainly connected to Italian comedy. At the beginning ,the film should be a comedy, but at the end it becomes dramatic.”
Best screenplay went to Romanian film-maker Cristian Mungiu for his exorcism drama ‘Beyond the Hills’.
“It’s not an easy film, but I try to preserve some of the spirit of my latest film, which is to say that I’m always looking for stories which are important.
“I think that we are making too many films today that are simply entertainment. What Cannes does wonderfully is that they still encourage this kind of cinema which is different,” he said.
Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan also shared Best Actress for their roles in ‘Beyond the Hills’.
Praising Mungiu, Flutur said: “He is amazing to work with. Really the best director I have ever worked with.”