South Korean social satire ‘Parasite’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (L) poses on stage with Mexican director and President of the Jury of the Cannes Film Festival Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu after he was awarded with the Palme d’Or. (AFP)

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, has won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or.

The win for “Parasite” marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme.

The awards were handed out in a ceremony on Saturday after being chosen by a jury presided over by filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu.

The festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize, went to French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics.”

Diop was the first black female director in competition at Cannes.

Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” and best actress went to Emily Beecham of Britain for “Little Joe.”

Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won best director for “Young Ahmed.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59