International Critics’ prize for Cannes Competition titles Burning by Lee Chang-Doing Photo: Festival de Cannes
South Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (Buh-Ning) which was selected as the prize-winner from the Competition, has a male protagonist (Yoo Ah-in) for his study on contemporary class issues, loneliness and the moral bankruptcy of society’s wealthy elite. It is said to have echoes of Wiliam Faulkner’s short story Barn Burning. The director’s previous efforts have included Secret Sunshine in 2007 and Poetry in 2010. The critics’ citation described it as, “A visually stunning film and an emotionally complex comment on contemporary society”,
In Un Certain Regard sidebar the critics’ choice is Girl, by Lukas Dhont, a first film which deals with a transitioning young ballet dancer. The jury appreciated “its bold integrity in tackling gender issues and displaying incredible poise - from a first-time director who describes the delicate and touching rapport in a father-daughter relationship wonderfully portrayed by the two actors”.
Lukas Dhont’s Girl in Cannes Un Certain Regard: "The jury appreciated “its bold integrity in tackling gender issues …” Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
The members of the FIPRESCI for Cannes 2018 comprised: Michel Ciment, France – Jury president; Neusa Barbosa, Brazil; Pamela Biénzobas, Chile; Joost Broeren, The Netherlands’ Rita Di Santo, UK; Houda Ibrahim, France; Elli Mastorou, Belgium; Richard Mowe, UK and Jenni Zylka, Germany.