Japanese movie Shoplifters wins Cannes Palme d'Or

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose film Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) won the Cannes Film Festival's top Palme d'Or prize on Saturday May 19, said he realised his film had "something special" from the moment it was screened.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda poses with the trophy on May 19, 2018.
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda poses with the trophy on May 19, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

CANNES (REUTERS) - Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at Cannes on Saturday (May 19) for Shoplifters, a movie that wowed audiences for its delicate portrayal of family life and surprising plot twists. 

The win, by a director who has won prizes at the festival in previous years, defied speculation that the Palme would go to a woman director, with three strong contenders in a year when the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal was the talk of the town. 

Spike Lee’s political satire BlacKkKlansman, based on the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, won the runner-up prize, the Grand Prix. 

A woman director, Nadine Labaki from Lebanon, won the Jury Prize – effectively the bronze medal – for Capharnaum, a realist drama about childhood neglect in the slums of Beirut. 

Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski won Best Director for Cold War, a romance that moves from the peasant farms of Poland to Paris jazz clubs and back from the 1940s to the 1960s. 

Girl, a Belgian drama about a transgender teenage girl’s quest to become a ballerina, won the Camera d’Or for the best directorial debut for director Lukas Dhont.