As of yesterday, the Cannes Film Festival has ended and here are the winners for each prize. Best actor honors were given to the Dogman actor, Marcello Fonte, who is a small town dog washer who gets bullied by a thug. Best actress was given to Ayka star Samal Yeslyamvoa, who played an illegal alien mother that abandoned her newborn child during a winter in Moscow, Russia. Best director honors were given to “Ida” helmer Pawel Pawlikowski for the film, Cold War, which was a black and white film about the time of the Iron Curtain. The best screenplay prize was shared by Italian writer and director Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazzaro and Iranian colleagues Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar for their film 3 Faces.
One of the big prizes is the Grand Prix; which was given to Spike Lee for his film, BlacKkKlansman. This film is based on a true story of an African American undercover cop who went to spy on the K.K.K. This was one of the two American films in competition, the other was Under the Silver Lake by David Robert Mitchell. Mitchell’s film went home with no awards and ill appraised. The Jury Prize award was given to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki for her film, Capernaum, where the plot focuses on a homeless man suing his parents for giving birth to him.
Now the highest award you can achieve at the Cannes is the Palme d’Or. This award was given to the Cannes vet and Japanese director, Hirokazu Kore-eda, who has entered the festival five times before. His film, Shoplifting, is the second Asian film of this century to win this award. His film focused on a self-made family that had a secret that ended up causing them to break apart. Also, a special Palme d’Or was given to Jean-Luc Godard, who hasn’t attended the festival since 2004. The award was accepted by his producers of the film, The Image Book.