Hirokazu Kore-eda, winner of the Palme d’or for Manbiki Kazoku (Shoplifters):
I am thought of as a director who makes films about families and I guess this award will reinforce that image. However, I have always wanted to try new things so why not try to make a genre film? I never think about the Japanese dimension of my films but some aspects are inspired by my own life story. The central issue in this film was to find out if a parent could assume this role even if he is not the child's birth parent. I wanted to integrate my characters into contemporary society, in a broader social context.
Spike Lee, winner of the Grand Prix for BlaKkKlansman (Black Klansman):
The film speaks for itself and I am very happy to express my appreciation to my producers who made it possible. I could not have imagined a better launch for this film than here in Cannes. I think that it can really help us to get out of this mental disaster and reconnect with goodness and love instead of hate. With the current American administration, I am afraid that we are going backwards and that is why I think we are living in a dangerous period.
Nadine Labaki, winner of the Jury Prize for Capharnaüm:
We are very proud and happy. I am especially happy for the people who acted in this film. I hope it is worthy of the trust they placed in me. Zain surprises us with his intelligence and wisdom. This child is a miracle. This adventure has changed my life. I don't know if this feature film will bring about any changes but in any case I feel a share of responsibility. I hope it will open up a debate.
Solmaz Panahi and Panah Panahi, the children of filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Best Screen Play Award (tied) for Three Faces:
I talked to him on the phone and I could hear the joy in his voice. We hope that next time, he will be in attendance to answer questions. The press will talk about this prize. What effect it will have remains to be seen. Jafar bears witness to problems in Iranian society and he hopes to make a contribution to resolving them through his films. He loves his country and he loves cinema.
Alice Rohrwacher, Best Screenplay Award (tied) for Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro):
Lazzaro Felice is the story of a young man who approaches the world with a great deal of innocence. In my films, I like to explore this point of view, this simplicity. I like to start with something that is alive and simple, because this is where we most often discover that there is something profound. The legacy of Italian cinema? That is something I have no control over; if it appears in my films, it is involuntary. The kind of cinema that moves me is film about memory. I am happy about this award because it proves that it is still possible to break free of traditional scriptwriting rules.
Pawel Pawlikowski, winner of Best Director Award for Zimna Wojna (Cold War):
This award is more than I hoped for. Receiving a prize is the last thing you think about when you make a film. It is already marvelous to be selected in Cannes. The screening of the film and the audience were exceptional. The film goes against the current ideological trend. This is good news for my country because it is an art form that is not necessarily encouraged by the Ministry of Culture in Poland. I hope that this will pave the way for other Polish filmmakers.
Samal Yeslyamova, Best Actress Award for her role in Ayka, by Sergey Dvortsevoy:
It took us years to make this film, but we remained motivated and focused on the goal we had set for ourselves. During the shoot, we were so focused that we forgot that the camera was there.
Marcello Fonte, Best Actor Award for his role in Dogman, by Matteo Garrone:
I am happy. When they announced my name I took a moment to just enjoy it. This kind of thing only happens once in a lifetime! I wanted to make the pleasure of the moment last. I counted to three. Matteo is a bit like a coach. He knows his team and he knows what he wants. He plays fair. I am very happy for what this means for Italian cinema. It is as if a circle has closed and another one has opened. When I was little, I dreamed of being accepted because I was lonely. The clapping tonight reminded me of the raindrops falling on the tin roof of the veranda of my family home. The applause was also meant for my father, who is no longer with us.
Lukas Dhont, winner of the Caméra d’or for Girl:
This award is enormous. We made this film with a lot of passion and love. It is very moving. After reading the story of this young girl in the newspaper, I wanted to show someone ambitious. It was important to show all the love that surrounded her. The film demonstrates that we all have some masculine and some feminine aspects within us. In playing this role, Victor proved that the greatest quality of an artist is having empathy. I hope that Girl is the start of my audio-visual career.
Charles Williams, Short Film Palme d’or for All These Creatures:
My film talks about the way people perpetually judge others. We live in a profoundly divided world, where people are all accusing each other. The film was not conceived in terms of a genre. I simply wanted the actor who would play the role to be able to stand his ground on screen. We met 400 people and it was Yared who seemed to me to be the best choice. Then I rewrote the story around him.
Mitra Farahani, collaborator of Jean-Luc Godard, winner of the "Special" Palme d’or:
With him, everything is different and that is why he is receiving this special award. He watches over us with his thought and his vision. In his films, there is nothing to understand. You just have to lose yourself and not always try to find an explanation.