BlacKkKlansman, about an African-American police officer who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, picked up one of the top awards Saturday at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
The Spike Lee film was awarded the Grand Prize, while Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s family drama Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or – the festival’s most prestigious honor.
The jury that chose the winners was led by actress Cate Blanchett and included actress Kristen Stewart, along with directors Ava DuVernay and Denis Villeneuve.
BlacKkKlansman premiered at the festival on Monday, May 14, and received a standing ovation.
The film is set to arrive in U.S. theaters on August 10, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left a counter-protester dead.
Below is the list of this year’s Cannes Film Festival winners
Shoplifters, director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Nadine Labaki, Capernaum
Special Palme d’Or
Jean-Luc Godard, Image Book
Marcello Fonte, Dogman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Best Screenplay (Tie)
Alice Rohrwacher, Happy As Lazzaro
Nader Saeivar, 3 Faces
Samal Yeslyamova, My Little One
Girl, director Lukas Dhont
Short Film Palme d’Or
All These Creatures, director Charles Williams
Short Film Palme d’Or Special Mention
On the Border, director Wei Shujun
Ecumenical Jury Prize
Capernaum, Nadine Labaki
Ecumenical Jury Special Mention
BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee
Girl, Lukas Dhont