2018 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS & CONFRONTATION OF #METOO

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the prestigious Palme d’Or prize. Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock.

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close on May 19th. The concluding ceremony took place at Grand Théâtre Lumière where the Master of Ceremonies, Edouard Baer, welcomed the Feature Film Jury (presided over by Cate Blanchett) for the announcement of this year’s winners. Following the presentation of the prestigious Palme d’Or to director Hirokazu Kore-eda for his film “Shoplifters,” Italian director Asia Argento took the stage and delivered a sobering speech disclosing that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein. “In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes. I was 21 years old,” she said. “I want to make a prediction. Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again. He will live in disgrace shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.”

Asia Argento at Cannes. Photo by Loic Venance/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Argento went on to issue a warning to unnamed predators who remain in the film industry: “Even tonight sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women. For behavior that does not belong in this industry ― does not belong in any industry or workplace. You know who you are. But most importantly, we know who you are, and we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer,” she said. She later tweeted a transcript of the speech she delivered, commending the women who have recently spoken out against perpetrators of sexual misconduct.

Argento’s impassioned speech was not the only confrontation of the #MeToo movement at this year’s festival. Last week, Cate Blanchett led a demonstration with a group of other female filmmakers and actresses for equal gender representation at Cannes, and festival director Thierry Frémaux signed a charter for gender parity proposed by 5050×2020, France’s version of the #MeToo initiative.

See below for the 2018 Cannes official selection and the winners.

Competition:

Everybody Knows (dir. Asghar Farhadi)
At War (dir. Stéphane Brizé)
Dogman (dir. Matteo Garrone) – Best Performance by an Actor, Marcello Fonte
Le Livre d’Image (dir. Jean-Luc Godard) – Special Palme d’Or
Asako I & II (dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
Sorry Angel (dir. Christophe Honoré)
Girls of the Sun (dir. Eva Husson)
Ash Is Purest White (dir. Jia Zhang-Ke)
Shoplifters (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda) – Palme d’Or 
Capernaum (dir. Nadine Labaki) – Jury Prize
Burning (dir. Lee Chang-Dong)
BlacKkKlansman (dir. Spike Lee) – Grand Prix
Under the Silver Lake (dir. David Robert Mitchell)
Three Faces (dir. Jafar Panahi) – Best Screenplay, Jafar Panahi
Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski) – Best Director
Lazzaro Felice (dir. Alice Rohrwacher) – Best Screenplay, Alice Rohrwacher
Yomeddine (dir. AB Shawky)
Leto (L’Été) (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov)

Un Certain Regard

Angel Face (dir. Vanessa Filho)
Border (dir. Ali Abbasi) – Un Certain Regard Prize
El Angel (dir. Luis Ortega)
Euphoria (dir. Valeria Golino)
Friend (dir. Wanuri Kahiu)
The Gentle Indifference of the World (dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov)
Girl (dir. Lukas Dhont) – Caméra d’Or & Best Performance, Victor Polster
The Harvesters (dir. Etienne Kallos)
In My Room (dir. Ulrich Köhler)
Little Tickles (dir. Andréa Bescond & Eric Métayer)
My Favorite Fabric (dir. Gaya Jiji)
On Your Knees, Guys (Sextape) (dir. Antoine Desrosières)
Sofia (dir. Meyem Benm’Barek) – Best Screenplay

Jury Special Prize

The Dead and the Others (dir. João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora)

Vulcain Prize for Artist-Technician

Shin Joom-Hee, artistic director of Burning (dir. Lee Chang-dong)

Mention Distinction by the Jury

Yan Bian Shao Nian (On The Order) (dir. Wei Shujun)

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