WASHINGTON: At the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Broker, a Korean-language drama about an abandoned child, illegal baby brokers and makeshift families, won the Ecumenical Jury Prize for Best Picture.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Koreeda, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018 for Shoplifters, makes his first foray into Korean cinema with Broker, starring Parasite star Song Kang-ho as the “broker “, an adorable thug who pinches a baby left by a desperate mother in the “baby box” of a family church in Busan and tries to find him another family.
They first try to sell the child with the help of another broker, Gang Dong-won. When the child’s mother, played by Lee Ji-Eun, returns, the plot takes a turn for the worse.
In a statement, the Ecumenical Jury noted, “The film portrays, in an intimate way, how family can be family without biological ties.” “Despite the many varied traumatic origins, lives and souls are preserved by a secure environment formed by the three adults and an orphan boy around the infant.”
The ecumenical jury, which includes members of the Christian film groups Interfilm (Protestant) and Signis (Catholic), chooses the best film in the Cannes competition that “best touches the spiritual component of our existence”, as The Hollywood Reporter reports. .
The jury has an excellent track record of selecting films that take top honors at the festival’s main event, having been awarded at Cannes since 1974.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, winner of the Ecumenical Jury last year, won Best Screenplay at Cannes and went on to win the Oscar for Best International Film.