Cannes Film Festival: South Korean dark comedy Parasite wins coveted Palme d’Or | Ents & Arts News





South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark comedy Parasite has won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Parasite is the first Korean film to win the prize, although Bong first made his mark at the festival in 2017 with the Netflix-produced Okja.

The film follows a man and his unemployed family who trick a wealthier family into giving them jobs as a way to embed themselves in the other family’s lives – before things start going wrong.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Emily Beecham and Antonio Banderas pose on stage with their awards at the Closing Ceremony during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Emily Beecham and Antonio Banderas won the acting prizes

British actress Emily Beecham won the best actress prize for her starring role in Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe.

Spanish star Antonio Banderas won the male acting prize after playing a tortured filmmaker in Pedro Almodovar’s loosely biographical Pain And Glory.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, winners of the Best Director Award for the film "Le Jeune Ahmed", pose at the winner photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne shared best director for Le Jeune Ahmed

The Dardenne brothers shared the best director award for their film Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed) about a young Belgian boy who plans to murder his teacher.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Celine Sciamma (C), winner of the Best Screenplay award for her film "Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu", poses with Noemie Merlant (L) and Adele Haenel (R) at the winner photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
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Celine Sciamma (C) won the best screenplay award for her film Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu

Celine Sciamma won the best screenplay award for her film Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu, or Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Director Ladj Ly (C), winner of the Jury Price award for his film "Les Miserables" poses with producers Christophe Barral (L) and Toufik Ayadi (R) at the winner photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
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Ladj Ly (C) won the jury prize for his film based on the 2005 riots in Paris

Meanwhile, Ladj Jy won the jury prize for his film Les Miserables, inspired by the Parisian riots of 2005.



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