South Korean director Bong Joon-ho walked away with the prestigious Palme d'Or for his film Parasite, a dark comedy thriller exploring social class dynamics. Bong Joon Ho is the second Asian director in succession to win the Palme d'Or, after Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda, who won last year for the film Shoplifters.
Bong Joon Ho called the award, a first for South Korea, a great gift to mark the 100 years of Korean cinema this year. He felt that there was a huge amount of talent in the industry and organising retrospectives of various Korean filmmakers? work could help its cinema reach out to the world.
Belgian brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, took home the best director's prize for Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed), the story of a boy radicalised by a local imam.
French-Senagalese director Mati Diop become the first black female director to win an award in the 72-year history of the Cannes Film Festival.
British actress Emily Beecham earned the Best Actress prize for her performance in Austrian director Jessica Hausner's English-language film Little Joe while the Best Actor went to Antonio Banderas for his role in Pain And Glory, the story of a film director who is facing middle age and a creative crisis.
Best Screenplay went to Celine Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady On Fire, a period romance about a relationship between a young painter and her subject. Brazilian film Bacurau, directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles won the Jury Prize. The story follows a filmmaker who travels to a remote village and discovers its dark secrets.
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino's latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which received strong reviews - left the closing ceremony empty-handed.
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival came to a close this evening after 11 days of previews of new films and documentaries. The jury headed by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.