Cannes shines spotlight on marginalised people

Movies focusing on marginalised people, racial violence and illegal immigrants were honoured at 71st Cannes Film Festival which ended on Saturday.

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters (Scene pictured) won Palme d’Or for the best film while Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman won Grand Prix for the second best film.

Shoplifters tells the story of a family of crooks who take in a child they find on the street. Kore-Eda is the fourth Japanese director to be honoured with Palme d’Or.

Kore-Eda told media after the award ceremony that his film brought together people who have already failed in some family.

Lee’s film is a true story about African-American undercover detective Ron Stallworth who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group. Lee ends the film by connecting it modern world with a documentary carrying real footage from last year’s violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville.

Legendary Swiss-French director Jean-Luc Godard won a special Palme d’Or for his efforts to define and refine what cinema can be.

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki won the jury prize for film Capernaum about a boy living in poverty who sues his parents for bringing him into a cruel world.

Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski won the best director award for his

Ida, Cold War about two lovers struggling to carry on with their affair in post-World War II Europe.

Italy’s Marcello Fonte won the best actor award for playing the owner of a dog-grooming shop in Matteo Garrone’s black comedy Dogman while Kazakhstan’s Samal Yeslyamova won the best actress award for her role as an illegal immigrant in Moscow in Sergei Dvortsevoy’s Ayka.

Cannes jury president and actress Cate Blanchett told the closing ceremony that festival saw movies about invisible and disenfranchised people.

‘Weinsteins sitting among you’

During her brief appearance on stage, Italian actress Asia Argento came down heavily on some bigwigs in the film industry who prey on women artistes.

She said Cannes festival was a hunting ground for disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein who was caught in a sex scandal last year that sparked the #MeToo movement.

Argento said she was raped by Weinstein in Cannes in 1997 when she was 21 years old.

She warned women artistes assembled at Saturday’s ceremony that Weinsteins are sitting among them.