Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Shoplifters and Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman win the big prizes at Cannes
As this year's Cannes Film Festival wound to a close it was Hirokazu Kore-Eda's new film Shoplifters that took home the coveted Palme d'Or award, impressing a jury led by Cate Blanchett to take the festival's biggest prize and make Kore-Eda the first Japanese director to win the award in 21 years.
Spike Lee was another big winner this year, with his latest film BlacKkKlansman taking the Grand Prize, while Lebanese director Nadine Labaki rounded out the big three with her new film Capernaum earning a 15-minute standing ovation at its Thursday night premiere and taking home the Jury Prize this weekend.
There was also a Special Palme d'Or win for Jean-Luc Goddard's The Image Book and Pawel Pawlikowski was awarded Best Director for his latest movie Cold War. Marcello Fonte took home the award for Best Actor for his performance in Matteo Garrone's Dogman, while the Best Actress award went to Samal Yeslyamova, for her role in Sergei Dvortsevoy's Ayka (The Little One).
Elsewhere there was a tie in the Best Screenplay Category between Alice Rohrwacher's Happy As Lazzaro and Nader Saeivar's 3 Faces, while the Short Film Palme d’Or went to Charles Williams for his short All These Creatures.
Blanchett, leading a jury of five women and four men, said that picking a winner this year had been “bloody hard” and pointed out that “women and men alike on the jury would love to see more female directorial voices represented,” but said of Kore-Eda's film that: “In the end I think we were completely bowled over by how intermeshed the performances were with the directorial vision.”