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Cannes 2018: Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda wins the Palm d'or

The Best Director prize went to Poland's Pawel Pawlikowski for the wonderfully well-crafted black-and-white 'Cold War'

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Hirokazu Kore-eda
Hirokazu Kore-eda. Photo: Twitter

Asian, Arab, and women filmmakers scored big at the closing ceremony of the 71st Festival, while Japanese took home the top prize -- the Palme d'Or.

Kore-eda, in the festival's main competition for the fifth time, won the Palme d'Or for 'Manbiki Kazoku' (Shoplifters), a deeply felt about a cobbled-up family existing on the margins of society and fighting to prevent itself from imploding.

Kore-eda is only the second Asian Palme d'Or winner this millennium (after Thailand's for 'Uncle Can Recall His Past Lives', 2010). This is the seventh time that a from has bagged the coveted trophy.

Spike Lee's engaging, feisty anti-racism period drama 'BlacKkKansman', the true story of an who infiltrated the in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, won the Grand Prix, while Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki's neorealist street life tale Capharnaum earned the Jury Prize.

The Best prize went to Poland's Pawel Pawlikowski for the wonderfully well-crafted black-and-white 'Cold War', a 1950s story of impossible love between a two strong-willed individuals from dissimilar backgrounds drawn to each other amid disruptions caused by history.

On Wednesday, in the parallel Critics' Week, the Franco-Indian co-production 'Sir', directed by debutante Rohena Gera, had won the Award for Distribution. The film's principal characters a wealthy young man and his efficient, ambitious housemaid are played by and

The section's top prize the went to the Brazilian comedy-drama Diamantino, about a whose life is upended by an error in a crucial final and the death of his father.

Besides Kore-eda, Iranian auteur (along with Nader Saeivar) figured on the 2018 winners list with (3 Faces), which shared with Italian director Alice Rohrwacher's Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro). Lazzaro, one of three women directors in the fray, joined Labaki among this year's winners. The only woman who missed out was Eva Husson, whose 'Girls of the Sun', was panned by the critics.

In the sidebar, section, where Iranian-born Danish filmmaker won the top prize for 'Grans' (Border), a multi-layered, angst-filled identity drama served up with a liberal dose of Nordic mythology, Morocco's Meryem Benm'Barek bagged the best screenplay award for 'Sofia', a that, with empathy and courage, addresses the sensitive theme of pregnancy out of wedlock in her conservative country.

The acting honours went to Italian for his deeply affecting performance as the tragically vulnerable dog-washer in a small town in Matteo Garrone's Dogman and Kazakhstan's for her performance as an illegal immigrant who abandons her newborn child in a cold, forbidding in Sergey Dvortsevoy's Ayka.

announced a Special Palme d'Or to 88-year-old Jean-Luc Godard's 'The Image Book'. The French New Wave pioneer was absent he has never attended the festival since 2004 and the film's producers accepted the honour on his behalf.

First Published: Sun, May 20 2018. 09:35 IST
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