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Japanese drama ‘Shoplifters’ wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

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Cannes, France, 19 May 2018

Japanese Drama “Shoplifters” Wins Cannes’ Palme D’Or

Japanese director Hizokazu Kore-eda’s tender portrait of a poor, improvised family “Shoplifters” has won the Palme d’Or, the top award at the Cannes Film Festival.


Japanese director Hizokazu Kore-eda’s tender portrait of a poor, improvised family “Shoplifters” 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.

While many speculated that the Cate Blanchett-led jury might award only the second Palme d’Or to a film directed by a woman, the most likely contender — Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” — was instead given 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 “BlacKkKlansman,” the highest profile American film in competition at Cannes, was awarded the grand prize. The film ignited the French Riviera festival with its true tale of a black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Lee connected the film to modern day with real footage from last year’s violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The 12-day festival, the first since the downfall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein (for decades an annual fixture in Cannes), was shaken by debate over gender equality in the film industry and at Cannes. In a striking rally, 82 women — the same number of female filmmakers to ever be selected to Cannes competition lineup — stood on the Palais red-carpet steps, as Cate Blanchett said, “a symbol of our determination to change and progress.”

Some changes were swift. Just days later, with Blanchett’s jury looking on, Cannes’ Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux signed a pledge to make the festival’s selection process more transparent and promised other measures to improve the festival’s record of including female filmmakers. Three of this year’s 21 films in competition were directed by women.

It was also a part of Saturday’s closing ceremony. With a fist raised high on the red carpet, Italian filmmaker and actress Asia Argento attended the ceremony. Argento has said Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. (Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.)

“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground,” said Argento at the ceremony. “I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again.”

Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski took best director for his follow-up to the Oscar-winning “Ida,” ?Cold War.” Like “Ida,” ?Cold War” is a black-and-white period film that delves into Polish history. It’s about an up-and-down romance in post-war Poland and Paris, behind and outside the Soviet Iron Curtain.

Best actress went to Samal Yeslyamova for Kazakh writer-director Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka.” Taking best actor was Marcello Fonte for Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” an award that was presented by fellow Italian actor Roberto Benigni.

The prize for best screenplay was split between Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher’s time-warped fable about a poor farm boy in rural Italy “Happy as Lazzaro” and Nader Saeivar and Jafar Panahi’s script for “Three Faces.”

Panahi has been banned from traveling outside Iran since he was arrested for participating in “propaganda against the regime” in 2010 after supporting mass protests over the country’s disputed 2009 election. Both Panahi and Russia’s Kirill Serebrennikov were unable to attend their Cannes premieres because both are barred from traveling out of their home countries. Seats were left empty for both, who received standing ovations in absentia.

A “Palme d’Or Speciale,” a special award not previously awarded, was given to Jean-Luc Godard for “continually striving to define and refine what cinema can be,” said Blanchett. Godard’s “Image Book” is a film essay collage that contemplates the West’s relationship to the Arab world. The 87-year-old French filmmaking legend called into his Cannes press conference via FaceTime.

The closing ceremony was held ahead of the premiere of Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” Famously victim to countless delays and debacles, the film took nearly 30 years for Gilliam to complete. And its Cannes premiere was still almost canceled because of an injunction sought by producer Paolo Branco, who insisted the festival needed his permission. French courts last week denied Branco’s request, allowing the screening to move forward.

Last year’s Palme d’Or winner was Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square,” which went on to be nominated for best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.


1. Wide shot, pan red carpet

2. Pan from press to Asia Argento

3. Pan from press to Asia Argento raising fist

4. Medium Sting and Shaggy

5. Medium Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi

6. Tilt up Valery Kaufman

7. Medium John Savage

8. Medium shot Samal Yesyamova and Sergey Dvortsevoy

9. Pan from press to Un Certain Regard jury (L-R) Kantemir Balagov, Annemarie Jacri, Virginie Ledoyen, Benicio Del Toro

10. Pan of above

11. Pan from press to wide of “Cold War” arrivals

12. Medium Gary Oldman and Gisele Schmidt, tilt up to press

13. Medium Marcello Fonte and Matteo Garrone

14. Wide Marcello Fonte and Matteo Garrone

15. Pan from press to Adrien Brody and Caroline Scheufele

16. Wide Nadine Labaki and arrivals for “Capernaum”

17. Tilt up Behnaz Jafari, Mastaneh Mohajer and guest

18. Tilt up photographer to Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis, joined by Laure Harrier and Barry Alexander Brown

19. Cutaway press

20. Wide Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis, Laure Harrier and Barry Alexander Brown

21. Pan from press to Hirozaku Kore-Eda

22. Pan from photographer to wide of jury including Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Khadja Nin, Andrey Zvyagintsev and Robert Guediguian.

23. Cutaway photographers

24. Wide of jury pan to Cate Blanchett posing for photos

25. Various jury

26. Cutaway photographers

27. Pan of jury

28. Various jury

29. Medium Lea Seydoux

30. Various of jury on steps

31. Wide of arrivals “The Man That Killed Don Quixote” arrivals

32. Cutaway photographers

33. Wide of “The Man That Killed Don Quixote” arrivals including Jordi Molla, Sergi Lopez, Rossy De Palma, Olga Kurylenko, Adam Driver, Terry Gilliam, Joana Ribeiro, Jonathan Pryce.

34. Cutaway press

35. Various “The Man That Killed Don Quixote” arrivals

36. Wide of red carpets

36. Various of “The Man That Killed Don Quixote” arrivals on steps and entering theater

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