21 May

6 Highlights from Cannes Film Festival

From red-carpet protests to Nadine Labaki’s big win

Written By Amina Kaabi

As one of the largest film festivals in the world, everyone had their eyes on Cannes Film Festival all of last week. While this is typical for such a star-studded event, this year marked a special edition.

 

From thought-provoking films and record-breaking wins, to red-carpet protests, we bring you all the major highlights from this year’s film festival.

 

Organized by French organization, 5050 x 2020, the festival’s jury president Cate Blanchett and 82 film industry women took to the steps of the Palais des Festival to protest gender inequality—urging the festival directors to sign a pledge promising to increase gender equality.

 

Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki scored the Cannes Jury Prize for her film Capernaum, becoming the first Arab woman to win such a major prize at the festival. Labaki was one of only three women in the competition.

 

Tunisian Producer Dora Bouchoucha debuted a new film, Weldi, directed by Mohamed Ben Attia, and won critical acclaim.

 

Japanese film, Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda won the prestigious Palme d’Or.

Photo by Arthur Mola

Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman—an anti-Trump comedy—received the Grand Prix, the festival’s second major prize.

Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON

 

Korean film, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, was awarded the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize, with the highest score ever received. Burning is the first Korean film to win such a prize.