Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ narrowly loses out as ‘Shoplifters’ claims prestigious Palme d’Or prize

Hirokazu Kore-eda's movie came out on top following what head judge Cate Blanchett called a "painful" decision-making process

Hirozaku Kore-eda has picked up the prestigious Palme d’Or award for his indie film Shoplifters, with his latest work narrowly beating Spike Lee’s much-hyped movie BlacKkKlansman to the grand prize.

The award, which is given out at the culmination of the Cannes Film Festival, is seen as one of the biggest prize a movie can win in the film industry. Previous winners include 2016’s I, Daniel Blake and Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11.

Cate Blanchett headed the jury at this year’s festival, with the actress admitting that it was a “painful” process having to choose the winner in light of the strong competition that was presented at the 2018 festival.

Kore-eda picked up the Palme d’Or on Friday night (May 18) for his Japanese-language film, which focuses on a family who have to resort to shoplifting due to their poverty-stricken situation.

Shoplifters managed to see off the strong challenge of Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which had been considered a strong favourite to pick up the Palme d’Or. Lee’s movie was awarded the runner’s-up prize, the Grand Prix.

Starring John David Washington and Adam Driver, the film – which is set for an August release – released its first trailer earlier this week, which you can check out here.

Other major headlines at this year’s Cannes Film Festival included the divisive response to Lars von Trier’s latest film The House That Jack Built.

One screening of the controversial movie at the festival prompted a mass walk-out from attendees, with some later blasting the film as “vile”.