The Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival was awarded Saturday to a family affair by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda, announced the jury chaired by Cate Blanchett.
The first Japanese gold palm from Shohei Imamura’s The Anguille in 1997, A Family Affair tells the story of a family who lives and parishes in the shops and who collects an abused little girl.
The evening kicked off with a speech by Italian actress Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, who said that the American producer accused of rape and se***al assault would be “no longer welcome” on the Croisette.
The Franco-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard, who presented, was rewarded with a special “Palme d’or” for an artist who advances the cinema, “who has pushed the limits, who constantly seeks to define and redefine the cinema, “said Cate Blanchett.
First Japanese gold palm since “The Anguille” by Shohei Imamura in 1997, “A family affair” Hirokazu Kore-Eda, which touched the Croisette, tells the story of a family who lives and peeks in the shops and collects a little girl mistreated.
“Whenever I come here, I’m invited to the Cannes Film Festival, I tell myself that it’s really a place where you get a lot of courage,” said Hirokazu Kore-Eda, receiving the prize.
“I also feel hope, maybe hope that through cinema the people who usually clash, the worlds, the countries that are fighting each other, may be able to join in. So I will accept, receive this courage and hope that I have received here, “he added.
The director also said he wanted to share his prize “with the two directors who could not be present here in Cannes”, the Iranian Jafar Panahi and the Russian Kirill Serebrennikov, both banned from traveling abroad, and with “the young directors who start in the business and who will create many beautiful films for us in the future”.
American Spike Lee has been awarded the Grand Prix for “BlacKkKlansman”, a racist-looking crime novel, inspired by the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1978.
In a list that has distinguished two of the three female directors in the competition, the Lebanese Nadine Labaki received the jury prize for “Capharnaum”, a film about childhood abandoned through the story of a kid left behind who is attacking his parents for giving him life.
Receiving her award, the filmmaker launched a vibrant call to “no longer continue to turn their backs and remain blind to the suffering of these children who struggle as they can in this shambles that has become the world.”
“I would like to invite you to reflect because unloved childhood is at the root of evil in the world,” she added.
The award for male performance went to the Italian actor Marcello Fonte for his interpretation of a groomer for dogs in “Dogman”, his compatriot Matteo Garrone.
The award for female performance was received by Kazakh actress Samal Esljamova for her role as a Kyrgyz refugee pushed to the last extremes to survive in Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “Ayka”.