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Hirokazu Kore-eda Might Take Home yet Another Award at Cannes Film Festival

Updated: May 20, 2023

On the second day of the Cannes Film Festival 2023, the film “Monster” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, premiered.

“Monster”, is a film made by the Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. It is his seventh time competing at the Cannes Film Festival. Back in 2018 Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or for his film "Shoplifters". Now people are eager to see if he can win it again.

On Wednesday in the Grand Théâtre Lumière, the film received a six-minute standing ovation. Kore-eda said in Japanese:” Thank you. Some people couldn’t be here. Can’t wait to go back to Japan and show them the film... tell them about this absolutely wonderful premiere. It will stay in my heart.”

The movie “Monster” is a thriller about the relationship between a mother, her son and his teacher. The plot surrounds the young boy Minato (played by Soya Kurokawa) who is developing worrying behavior both at school as well as at home. His mother Saori (played by Sakura Ando) discusses this matter with the teachers at his school. Later on, it becomes clear that the source of the problems is Minato’s teacher Hori (played by Eita Nagayama). The film follows how the mystery unfolds but then how the truth also becomes more complicated than expected.

Not only did Hirokazu Kore-eda win the Palme d’Or back in 2018, but he has also won other awards at previous Cannes Film Festivals. Last year he won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his film “Broker”. Back in 2013 Kore-eda won the Jury Prize and The Ecumenical Jury Prize for his film “Like Father, Like Son”.

Given his multiple awards as well as the audience’ reaction to the movie “Monster”, it will be very interesting to see if Hirokazu Kore-eda will manage to take home a prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as well.

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