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May 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, about a family that survives on petty theft, has won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, while U.S. director Spike Lee has won the second-place Grand Prix award for his satire about a black cop who infiltrates the KKK, BlacKkKlansman. As often happens at the festival, the film that received the strongest reviews from critics, South Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, took away not a single award. (Burning, in fact, received the greatest number of enthusiastic reviews of any film ever exhibited at the festival, according to a poll of critics published by the British trade publication, Screen Daily.) But critics also bestowed much praise on Shoplifters. Robbie Collin in the London Daily Telegraph commented, “This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart.” Although observing that “the film’s slow, measured pace is sometimes off-putting,” Deborah Young in the Hollywood Reporter nevertheless remarked, “Though Kore-eda withholds easy sentiment, it bursts out of certain scenes.” And Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian called it, “a movie made up of delicate brushstrokes: details, moments, looks and smiles.”

The following is a complete list of winners at the 71st Cannes Film Festival

Palme d’Or
Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Grand Prize
BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee

Jury Prize
Capernaum, directed by Nadine Labaki

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

Best Actor
Marcello Fonte, Dogman

Best Actress
Samal Yeslyamova, Akya

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, directed by Lukas Dhont

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

Queer Palm (Feature)
Girl, directed by Lukas Dhont

Queer Palm (Short)
The Orphan, directed by Carolina Markowicz