Asian, Arab, and women filmmakers scored big at the closing ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, while Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda 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).
Kore-eda is only the second Asian Palme d’Or winner this millennium (after Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul for ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’, 2010). This is the seventh time that a director from Asia has bagged the coveted trophy.
- The Best Director prize went to Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski for the wonderfully well-crafted black-and-white ‘Cold War’.
- The Franco-Indian co-production ‘Sir’, directed by debutante Rohena Gera, had won the Gan Foundation Award for Distribution.
- The section’s top prize, the Grand Prix, went to the Brazilian comedy-drama Diamantino.
- Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi (along with co-screenwriter Nader Saeivar) figured on the Cannes 2018 winners list with Se Rokh (3 Faces), which shared the Best Screenplay prize 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 acting honours went to Italian Marcello Fonte.
- Jury president Cate Blanchett announced a Special Palme d’Or to 88-year-old Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘The Image Book’.
Source- DD News