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

The South Korean director dives deep into the widening gulf between rich and poor with his enthralling film "Parasite." Other Cannes winners included French director Mati Diop and British actress Emily Beecham.

Filmmaker Bong Joon-ho on Saturday became the first South Korean to win the  Cannes Film Festival's prestigious top prize, the Palme d'Or, with his film Parasite.

The tragicomic film explores the growing gap between rich and poor by telling the story of two families at opposite ends of the economic spectrum in South Korea.

"The film is laugh-out-loud funny, an astute blend of humanity and absurdity, thrilling until its final depraved moments, a pristinely shot modern architectural feast for the eyes, a razor-sharp socioeconomic critique, and a cryptic operatic drama," wrote filmmaking news site Film School Rejects in a review.

Read more: Cannes film fest 2019: The tops and the flops

Celine Sciamma at Cannes

Celine Sciamma, one of the directors favored to win the top prize, picked up an award for best screenplay

Other awards:

  • Grand Prix — French-Senegalese director Mati Diop for Atlantique
  • Best director — Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Young Ahmed
  • Best actress — British actress Emily Beecham for Little Joe
  • Best actor — Spanish actor Antonio Banderas for Dolor Y Gloria
  • Best screenplay — French screenwriter Celine Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Special mention — Palestinian director Elia Suleiman for It Must Be Heaven
  • Camera d'Or — Cesar Diaz for Nuestras Madres

Hard choice

For many critics, the choice for the top prize among the 21 contenders was especially difficult at the world's most influential international film festival.

Some believed Sciamma would win it, making her only the second female to do so in the prize's history. Others thought Spanish heavyweight Pedro Almodovar would pick it up with his most personal film to date, Dolor Y Gloria.

Bong is best known for his dramatic films Snowpiercer and Okja.

Read more: Cannes: 10 things to know about the world's most important film festival

ls/sms (Reuters, AFP)