71st Festival de Cannes

08.05.2018 to 19.05.2018
Cannes 2018: The Ecumenical Jury

The Ecumenical Jury on the Red Carpet (photo: © Daniel Beguin)

"Capharnaüm", directed by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon) won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jur at the Festival de Cannes 2018. Further, the jury awarded a Commendation to "BlacKkKlansman", directed by Spike Lee. The Golden Palm went to "Manbiki kazoku" (Shoplifters), directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu (Japan). Also the internatioanl festival jury awarded "Capharnaüm" and "BlacKkKlansman": Nadine Labaki won the Jury Prize, Spike Lee the Grand Prix of the festival. The Prize for Best Direction went to Pawel Pawlikowski and his film "Zimna vojna" (Cold War).

Asghar Farhadi's "Todos lo saben" (Everybody Knows) opened the 71st Festival de Cannes. There were 21 films in the International Competition. From them, the Ecumenical Jury selected their winners.

The Cannes Classics honoured Ingmar Bergman on his 100th birthday with a focus that also included a portrait of the director by Margarethe von Trotta. Films from Senegal, by Safi Faye, Djibril Diop Mambety and Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, represented the African film heritage. The festival presented new copies of Stanley Kubrick's "2001 Space Odyssey" for the 50th anniversary of its premiere, and Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Stories" (Tokyo monogatari) of 1953, one of the great masterpieces of film history restored by the Japanese production company Shochiku ,

Link: Festival-Website

Link: Website of the Ecumenical Jury


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Throughout the Competition, it is women and children, the immigrants and outcasts, who have shown by their perseverance and ingenuity, love and courage, the full possibility of the human spirit.
Zain, a 12 year old boy is suing his parents for giving him life. Holding nothing back, the director meets the extreme plight of children with fearless humanity.

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The jury commends "BlacKkKlansman", a wake-up call about continuing racism not only in the USA, but for the wider world. Told through humour and horror, this film condemns the misappropriation of religion in the cause of hatred.


More about the festival

Member of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes 2018 Robert K. Johnston analyzes the church film award winners of the festival, and identifies the focus on the marginalized as central issue of many festival films.