- Associated Press - Saturday, May 19, 2018

PARIS (AP) - The Latest on the awards ceremony for the 71st Cannes Film Festival being presented Saturday night (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” is the winner of the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family.

The director accepted the award in Japanese and dedicated it to the whole production team involved in movie.

Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” won the festival’s Jury Prize. Spike Lee won the Grand Prize for his film “BlacKkKlansman.”


This item corrects the spelling of director Hirokazu Kore-ada’s first name and punctuation on Lee’s film “BlacKkKlansman.”


7:55 p.m.

“Cold War” has won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film is Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to his 2013 Oscar-winner “Ida.”

It is set during the 1940s and 1950s of Poland’s communist rule and tells the story about an ill-fated romance between Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a composer and pianist, and Zula (Joanna Kulig), a singer. They meet at a newly formed academy dedicated to preserving Polish folk music traditions. They flee the country after nationalistic pressures descend on the school.


7:50 p.m.

Two films have been awarded the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival - “Happy as Lazzaro” and “3 Faces.”

Alice Rohrwacher won for “Happy as Lazzaro,” her time-warped fable about a poor farm boy in rural Italy.

Nader Saeivar and Jafar Panahi won for “3 Faces.” Panahi was unable to leave his native Iran despite pleas from many to allow him to attend Cannes. Among Panahi’s vocal supporters is countryman Asghar Farhadi.


7:15 p.m.

Cannes jury president Cate Blanchett has arrived at the Cannes awards ceremony in a silk gown with a large red bow on the back.

She told journalists Saturday evening that it had been “a very rich and powerful festival” and the deliberations in the jury had been “amicable.”

Blanchett says jurors didn’t “judge” the winner but they “chose” it.

The actress is one of the few women to head the jury in the festival’s 71 year history. She has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement and used the role as a platform to highlight sexism in the film industry. Other jury members arrived shortly after, including actresses Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux.


7 p.m.

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki is among the first contenders for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or to hit the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals in a fitted one shoulders gown.

Labaki is considered one of the front runners for the film festival’s top prize as her film “Capernaum” received the longest standing ovation of the competition, at 15 minutes.

 Spike Lee also was seen on Saturday night’s red carpet, telling journalists that he’d been in New York “yesterday.” Lee, a Cannes veteran, said he first came to the festival in 1986. His film “BlackKklansman” debuted at the festival and is due to be released in August.

Organizers often call winning contenders for them to come back and attend the ceremony, leading some to speculate on the potential winners based on who graces the red carpet at the end of the 12 day festival.


5 p.m.

The makers of 21 movies are vying to win the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize.

The star-studded awards ceremony is taking place Saturday night in the French Riviera city.

Australian actress and campaigner against sexual harassment Cate Blanchett led this year’s jury, which also included actress Kristen Stewart.

The May 8-19 festival, the first since the downfall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein over accusations of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, was dominated by the #MeToo movement.

A movie by one of three female directors in the lineup, “Capernaum” by Lebanon’s Nadine Labaki, is considered by some a front-runner for the Palme d’Or.

Other favorites include “BlacKkKlansman” by Spike Lee, “Burning” by South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong and “The Wild Pear Tree” by Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

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