Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

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Korean director Bong Joon-ho, Palme d'Or award winner for his film "Parasite" (Gisaengchung), and  Song Kang-ho, at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival photocall after the closing ceremony in Cannes, France, on May 25, 2019. (REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
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Director Bong Joon-ho, Palme d'Or award winner for his film "Parasite" (Gisaengchung) poses with Song Kang-ho during the photocall at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival after the closing ceremony on May 25, 2019. (REUTERS/Regis Duvignau)
Updated 25 May 2019

Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

  • French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics" wins festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize
  • Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed”

CANNES, France: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, on Saturday.
The win for “Parasite” marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. In the festival’s closing ceremony, jury president Alejandro Inarritu said the choice had been “unanimous” for the nine-person jury.
The genre-mixing film had been celebrated as arguably the most critically acclaimed film at Cannes this year and the best yet from the 49-year-old director of “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”
It was the second straight Palme victory for an Asian director. Last year, the award went to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”
Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes’ competition with “Okja,” a movie distributed in North America by Netflix. After it and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” — another Netflix release — premiered in Cannes, the festival ruled that all films in competition needed French theatrical distribution. Netflix has since withdrawn from the festival on the French Riveira.
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.
Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed.”
Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” while best actress was won by British actress Emily Beecham for “Little Joe.”
Although few quibbled with the choice of Bong, some had expected Cannes to make history by giving the Palme to a female filmmaker for just the second time.
Celine Sciamma’s period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was the Palme pick for many critics this year, but it ended up with best screenplay.
In the festival’s 72-year history, only Jane Champion has won the prize in 1993, and she tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”

 


US rapper will.i.am is the voice of new Expo 2020 Dubai ad

Will.i.am is a member of the Black Eyed Peas band. (AFP)
Updated 14 October 2019

US rapper will.i.am is the voice of new Expo 2020 Dubai ad

DUBAI: Expo 2020 revealed US rapper will.i.am is the voice of the latest advertisement for the event that is set to run from Oct. 20 until April 10, 2021 in Dubai. 

In the ad, which features the development of technology, the Black Eyed Peas artist says, “You weren’t there when humans conquered fire, when they wore animal skin attire or invented the bicycle tire. You weren’t there when they created algebra, built the pyramids in Giza or painted the Mona Lisa. You weren’t there when they first made paper or built the amphitheatre, when they calculated gravity or made flying a reality.”

The 44-year-old star states several historical contributions made in technology that changed our word.

“But you could be there and with your own eyes witness new acts of human genius,” he says. “Be there to see the alliance of art, music, fashion and science. See a futuristic festival filled with ideas new and radical, performances magical, in a six-month-long spectacle. This, you can’t afford to miss. It’s the best of human kind and the greatest show of our time.”