South Korean film 'Parasite’ wins best film award at the Cannes film festival!
Director Bong Joon-Ho became the first South Korean to win the Palme d'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film 'Parasite'. South Korean film Parasite follows a down-on-its-luck family of four who worm their way into jobs in a wealthy household. It doubles up as a thriller, with flashes of violence.
Filmmaker Mati Diop, the first black woman director to be considered for the Palme d'Or, won the Grand Prix, the runner-up prize for her film 'Atlantics'. Belgium's Dardenne brothers won Best Director for 'Young Ahmed'.
The festival also shone a light on a debut feature-length movie by Franco-Senegalese director Mati Diop, whose haunting migrant tale Atlantics clinched the runner-up Grand Prix award. The unanimous decision to crown Parasite partly came down to its unexpected mash-up of genres, this year’s jury president, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the Mexican maker of Birdman,
Meanwhile, John Bailey, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Sunday attended the 56th Maharashtra State Film Awards in Mumbai as chief guest. "Congratulations on your wonderful cinema culture," Bailey said at the event. This is the first time a president of the body that awards Oscars has attended an Indian awards ceremony, the event's organizers said.