2018 Cannes: 'Shoplifters' helps Japanese cinema shine brightly

Receiving positive reviews from the critics, Hirokazu Kore-eda's win with "Shoplifters" has closed the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

As predicted earlier, this year is a year of the Asian wave. 6 of this year's Palme d'Or movies come from Asia. Overcoming big names like Lee Chang Dong's "Burning" or  Jia Zhangke's "Ash is Purest White", Hirokazu Kore-eda, one of the biggest filmmakers in the world, and one of the most prominent individuals in of Asia has taken the Palme d'Or. He is said to always maintain stable level, as each of his films is impressive thanks to its subtle style of conveying messages.

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Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters" has been praised by critics thanks to its emotional way of describing the hidden corner of Japanese society.

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Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of the most elite representatives of contemporary Japanese cinema.

After the success of "Like Father, Like Son", which won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the 56-year-old filmmaker continues the family theme with a gentle story about the poor burglar Osamu who survives day by day by stealing stuff with his son. This miserable situation changes when the father and son rescue a girl who was abandoned in the cold and decide to take her to Osamu's home, just for it to threaten the small family of these two.

The French press especially favors the Japanese work "Shoplifters". Overcoming 20 other films to takes the Palme d'Or, "Shoplifters" once again helps Hirokazu Kore-eda assert his position as one of the best filmmakers of the world, giving Japanese cinema a victory after 21 years of waiting at the world's most prestigious festival after 1997 Cannes with "The Eel" by Shohei Imamura.

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Judge Kristen Stewart giving the Best Director Award for Pawel Pawlikowski with "Cold War".

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Marcello Fonte won Best Actor for his role in "Dogman", and Samal Yeslyamova, who won Best Actress with "The Little One".

A special prize of Cannes was presented to Swiss-French director Jean-Luc Godard, 87, with "The Image Book". According to 2 times Oscar-winner, Australian judge Cate Blanchett, the film makes a lot of difference compared to other works, just like it’s out of time and space.

In addition, the Spike Lee comedy "BlacKkKlansman", about an African American detective, was awarded the Grand Prix. This is also a heavyweight opponent for the Palme d'Or because of its satirical color, portraying a very different image of the United States.

This year's closing movie was "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote".

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Director Spike Lee with the Grand Prix award for "BlacKkKlansman". The famous American filmmaker loves to exploring themes related to race.

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Director Lukas Dhont won the Queer Palm Prize thanks to "Girl". Next to him are two actors in the movie "Victor Polster" and "Ursula Meier".

COMPETITION

Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

Grand Prix: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Actor: Marcello Fonte, ”Dogman”

Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, “Ayka”

Jury Prize: Nadine Labaki, “Capernaum”

Screenplay — TIE: Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro” AND Jafar Panahi, Nader Saeivar, “3 Faces”

Special Palme d’Or: Jean-Luc Godard

OTHER PRIZES

Camera d’Or: “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

Short Films Palme d’Or: “All These Creatures,” Charles Williams

Short Films Special Mention: “On the Border,” Shujun Wei

Golden Eye Documentary Prize: TBA

Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

Ecumenical Jury Special Mention: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

Queer Palm: “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Award: Ali Abbasi, “Border”

Best Director: Sergei Loznitsa, “Donbass”

Best Performance: Victor Polster, “Girl”

Best Screenplay: Meryem Benm’Barek, “Sofia”

Special Jury Prize: João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora, “The Dead and the Others”

DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT

Art Cinema Award: “Climax” (Gaspar Noé)

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “The Trouble With You” (Pierre Salvadori)

Europa Cinemas Label: “Lucia’s Grace (Gianni Zanasi)

Illy Short Film Award: “Skip Day” (Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas)

CRITICS’ WEEK

Grand Prize: “Diamantino” (Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt)

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Woman at War” (Benedikt Erlingsson)

GAN Foundation Award for Distribution: “Sir”

Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award: Felix Maritaud, “Sauvage.”

Short Film: “Hector Malot – The Last Day Of The Year” (Jacqueline Lentzou)

FIPRESCI

Competition: “Burning,” (Lee Chang-dong)

Un Certain Regard: “Girl,” (Lukas Dhont)

Directors’ Fortnight/Critics’ Week: “One Day” (Zsófa Szilagyi)

CINÉFONDATION

First Prize: “The Summer of the Electric Lion,” Diego Céspedes

Second Prize — TIE: “Calendar,” Igor Poplauhin AND “The Storms in Our Blood,” Shen Di

Third Prize: “Inanimate,” Lucia Bulgheroni

By: Cole Guthrie

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