Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda Takes Home the Palme d’Or

The Cannes Film Festival closed out this Saturday after 100 films were screened over the course of the festival, 21 in competition, 18 in “Un Certain Regard,” (a section outside of the main competition to celebrate new faces in the film world), plus many more films “out of competition,” in special screenings, and more.

Those 100-plus films included eight big-name movies that were screened to give the media a little more meat for their headlines, including the latest installment in the Star Wars canon, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Other additions included the most recent film by Lars Von Trier, who returned to Cannes for the first time after being banned from the festival in 2011.

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The winner of the Palme D’Or, the festival’s most prestigious prize, went to Japanese director Hirozaku Kore-eda for his film Shoplifters. The family melodrama follows a house of impoverished Tokyoites who shoplift in order to make their living. The runner up prize, the Grand Prix, went to American director Spike Lee for his film BlacKkKlansmen. The movie, based on the true story of a black man who infiltrated the KKK in the 1970s, received a ten-minute standing ovation after its premiere, and is being celebrated as a masterpiece while the world waits for its highly anticipated wide release later in the summer.