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Cannes 2018 Critics Survey: The Best Films, Directors, and One Big Palme d’Or Snub

20 critics from around the world voted in this year's survey, which highlights a film that went home empty-handed at the awards ceremony.


Best Film

Burning” (35%)

“Cold War” (20%)

“Birds of Passage” (10%)

“Capernaum” (5%)

“Climax” (5%)

“The Image Book” (5%)

Shoplifters” (5%)

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (5%)

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Best Director

Lee Chang-dong, “Burning” (30%)

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War” (25%)

Hirokazu Kore-eda, “Shoplifters” (15%)

Bi Gan, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (10%)

Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt, “Diamantino” (5%)

Eva Husson, “Girls of the Sun” (5%)

Jafar Panahi, “Three Faces” (5%)

Krill Serebrennikov, “Summer” (5%)

Best Screenplay

“Shoplifters” (25%)

“Burning” (10%)

“Capernaum” (10%)

“The Wild Pear Tree” (10%)

“Ash Is Purest White” (5%)

“Birds of Passage” (5%)

“BlacKkKlansman” (5%)

“Buy Me a Gun” (5%)

“Dogman” (5%)

“Happy as Lazzaro” (5%)

“In My Room” (5%)

“Sextape” (5%)

“Three Faces” (5%)

“Under the Silver Lake” (5%)



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Best First Feature

“Girl” (60%)

“Diamantino” (10%)

“Yomeddine” (10%)

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