Cannes Festival 2018 winners announced

A rather unexpected film picked up this year's main award at the Cannes Film Festival. Shoplifters, by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, was awarded the Palme d'Or, thanks in the main to an ending that blew the judges "out of the cinema," according to jury President Cate Blanchett. Shoplifters wasn't a film that had been predicted as a winner by many present at the festival and it adds to the Cannes Jury Prize Kore-eda collected for his 2013 film Like Father, Like Son.

Elsewhere, Jean-Luc Godard was given a special Palme d’Or award for his new film Image Book, while Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman won the Grand Prix runner-up prize. Lebanese female director, Nadine Labaki, won third place for Capernaum, while predicted d'Or contender Lee Chang-dong's Burning walked away empty handed.

This year's winners:
Palme d’Or Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda
Grand prize BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
Jury Prize Capernaum, Nadine Labaki
Special Palme d’Or The Image Book, Jean-Luc Godard
Best actor Dogman, Marcello Fonte
Best director Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski
Best screenplay Happy As Lazzaro, Alice Rohrwacher and Three Faces, Nader Saeivar
Best Actress Ayka, Samal Yeslyamova
Caméra d’Or Giel, Lukas Dhont
Short Film Palme d’Or All These Creatures, Charles Williamsspecial mention: On The Border, Wei Shujun

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