CANNES, France — “Parasite,” a social satire by the South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, has won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or.
“Parasite” is the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. The awards were handed out in a ceremony Saturday after being chosen by a jury presided over by filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu.
The festival’s second-place award, the Grand Prize, went to the French-Senegalese director Mati Diop for “Atlantics.” Ms. Diop was the first black female director in competition at Cannes.
Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” and best actress went to Emily Beecham of Britain for “Little Joe.” Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won best director for “Young Ahmed.”