Japanese director Hizokazu Kore-eda's movie 'Shoplifters' is a tender portrait of a poor family, has won the Palme d'Or, the top award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In the Cannes closing ceremony Saturday (19 MAY 2018), the Cate Blanchett-led jury selected one of the festival's most acclaimed entries, one hailed as a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker renowned for his delicate touch.
‘Shoplifters’ is about a small-time thief who takes a young girl home to his family; after seeing scars from abuse, they decide to keep her and raise her as their own.
Many speculated that the Palme d’Or might go to the most likely contender, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’, which instead was given the Cannes jury prize.
The film drew a rousing standing ovation but less enthusiastic critic reviews for its tale of a 12-year-old boy living in poverty who sues his parents for neglect.
Spike Lee’s political satire ‘BlacKkKlansman’, based on the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970’s, won the runner-up prize, the Grand Prix.
Best Director went to Polands Pawel Pawlikowski for ‘Cold War’, a romance which moves from peasant farms of Poland to Paris jazz clubs from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.
Camera d’Or for best directorial debut went to Lukas Dhont for ‘Girl’ which is a Belgian drama about a transgender teenage girl’s quest to become a ballerina.
Best Actor was given to the Italian actor Marcello Fonte for his performance as the dog groomer in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’.
Best female performance prize went to the Kazakh actress Samal Yeslyamova. She played a single mother who abandons her newborn baby in Sergey Dvortsevoy’s ‘My Little One’.