2018 Cannes Film Festival

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The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is now at an end and things can return to normal in the small scenic town on the French Riviera. This year’s festival opened with Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller Everybody Knows starring Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín. Only the second Spanish language film to open the festival. The big story of this year’s festival was the return of Danish director Lars von Trier after he was declared persona non grata after some unfortunate remarks at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. He returned with the controversial The House That Jack Built starring Matt Dillon as serial killer. Like most of Trier’s films, it split audiences in two and lead several people to walk out during the first half of the film.

The big prize, the Palme d’Or, was won by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda for his drama Shoplifters. Kore-eda previously won the Jury Prize for his film Like Father, Like Son (2013).

 

Here are the winners in the main competition:

Palme d’Or: Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Grand Prix: BlacKkKlansman by Spike Lee

Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War

Best Screenplay: Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazzaro and Jafar Panahi for 3 Faces

Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova for Ayka

Best Actor: Marcello Fonte for Dogman

Jury Prize: Capernaum by Nadine Labaki

Special Palme d’Or: The Image Book by Jean-Luc Godard

 

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