Japanese Drama ‘Shoplifters’, Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Win Top Awards At Cannes

The winners of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival have been revealed, with Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s “Shoplifters”, the Spike Lee-directed “BlacKkKlansman” and Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” awarded the top prizes.

This year’s Palme d’Or went to “Shoplifters”, taking the festival’s top prize, while “BlacKkKlansman won the Grand Prize and “Capernaum” took the Jury Prize.

Described as “a modest masterpiece from a veteran filmmaker,” “Shoplifters” centres on a thief who brings a young girl into the home of his family, who decide to raise her as their own after seeing the scars from her abuse.

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“BlacKkKlansman” has earned mixed reviews for Lee, but saw a rousing standing ovation after its Cannes screening.

“Obviously, this is an international film festival. We talked a lot about when a film transcends the limitations of its culture,” said Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett of “BlacKkKlansman”, via IndieWire. “Spike has made a film that is quintessentially about an American crisis and yet all of us felt connected to it. That, we felt, really elevated its importance even more.”

Here is the complete list of winners from the 2018 Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or
“Shoplifters”, dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Grand Prize
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Jury Prize
Nadine Labaki, “Capernaum”

Special Palme d’Or
Jean-Luc Godard, “Image Book”

Best Actor
Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

Best Director
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Best Screenplay
TIE
Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy As Lazzaro”
Nader Saeivar, “3 Faces”

Best Actress
Samal Yeslyamova, “My Little One”

Caméra d’Or
“Girl”, dir: Lukas Dhont

Short Film Palme d’Or
“All These Creatures”, dir: Charles Williams
Special Mention: “On The Border”, dir: Wei Shujun

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