Bong Joon-ho of South Korea won the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, on Saturday for his seventh feature film, “Parasite.” It’s the first time the director has won what is considered by many the highest honor in world cinema.
All four prize-winning films addressed hot-button issues: migration in West Africa, contemporary working class struggles in France and South Korea and a satirical riposte to right-wing politics in Brazil.
Meanwhile, the prize for best director went to the Dardenne brothers for “Young Ahmed” and the screenwriting prize was awarded to Celine Sciamma for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”
Emily Beecham was named best actress for her performance in Jennifer Hausner’s “Little Joe” while Antonio Banderas won the best actor prize for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” in which he played a version of the director in Almodovar’s fictionalized autobiography.
Camera d’Or, the award for best first feature, went to Cesar Diaz for “Our Mothers,” screening in the Critics Week strand of the festival.