Director Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite landed the coveted Palme d’Or at the closing ceremony of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (25May19).
The South Korean filmmaker, most famous for Snowpiercer, claimed the top prize after 10 days of competition in France.
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, was also a big winner, collecting the Best Actor honour for his role in Cannes regular Pedro Almodovar’s Pain & Glory, while Little Joe’s Emily Beecham claimed the Best Actress trophy.
The awards were handed out at the Grand Theatre Lumiere after a panel of judges, led by filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, spent much of the day picking the winners from the festival’s competition.
The talk of this year’s festival was Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which premiered earlier this week, 25 years to the day after his cult classic Pulp Fiction debuted at the festival in 1994.
Tarantino brought out the stars, including his leading men Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, for the screening earlier this week (beg20May19).
The full list of Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony winners is:
Parasites, director Bong Joon-ho
Atlantics, director Mati Diop
Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory
Jury Prize (TIE):
Les Miserables, directed by Ladj Ly & Bacurau, directors Kleber Mendonca Filho & Juliano Dornelles
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Young Ahmed
Emily Beecham, Little Joe
Celine Sciamma, Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
It Must Be Heaven, director Elia Suleiman
Our Mothers, director Cesar Diaz
Short Film Palme d’Or:
The Distance Between Us And The Sky, director Vasilis Kekatos