Cannes Film Festival: “Shoplifters” Wins Palme d’Or

By Creative Media Times

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“Shoplifters,” Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, won top prize Palme d’Or, highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was awarded as the festival comes to an end.

The family drama, which was also scripted and edited by Kore-eda, tells the story of an impoverished Japanese family who reply on shoplifting to cope with their life.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world’s most renowned, with winners eventually picking up more trophies during the year’s award season. It would be interesting to see if “Shoplifters” take a similar path.

This year’s festival run from May 8 to 19, with the competition jury headed by Cate Blanchett. Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem opened the festival.

Here’s some of the festival winners announced on Saturday night:

Palme d’Or:
“Shoplifters” directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Special Palme d’Or:
Jean-Luc Godard for “The Image Book”

Best Actress:
Samal Yeslyamova for “Ayka”

Best Actor:
Marcello Fonte for “Dogman”

Best Director:
Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War”

Jury Prize:
“Capernaum” directed by Nadine Labaki

To see the full list, head over to Cannes website.