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Cannes: Palme d'Or goes to Bong Joon-ho's Parasite

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Bong Joon-ho with Cannes jury president, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has won the Cannes film festival’s most prestigious award.

The Palme d’Or was awarded for his film Parasite, a dark comedy thriller exploring social class dynamics.

The festival came to a close this evening after 11 days of previews of new films and documentaries.

Meanwhile, French-Senagalese director Mati Diop became the first black female director to win an award in the festival’s 72-year history.

Diop won the Grand Prix – the equivalent of a silver prize – for Atlantics, a Senegalese drama about young migrants and sexual politics.

Ms Diop had previously said she was “a little sad” that it had taken until 2019 for a film by a woman of African descent to even be screened at the festival.

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Mati Diop delivering a speech after she was awarded the Grand Prix for her film Atlantique

Emily Beecham – a dual British-American national – won the best actress award for her appearance in Little Joe, a psychological sci-fi about a woman whose scent induces euphoria.

Meanwhile, best actor went to Antonio Banderas for his role in Pain and Glory, the story of a film director who is facing middle age and a creative crisis.

Best screenplay went to Céline Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a period romance about a relationship between a young painter and her subject.

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Antonio Banderas accepting the prize from Zhang Ziyi for best actor

French brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne took home the award for best directors for their film Young Ahmed, which is about a boy who is radicalised into stabbing his teacher.

Brazilian film Bacurau, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles won the Jury Prize. The story follows a filmmaker who travels to a remote village and discovers its dark secrets.

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