Broker: Ecumenical Jury Award for Best Film (Cannes Fest 2022)

Broker: Ecumenical Jury Award for Best Film

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Korean-language drama, about a baby “broker” looking for an alternative family for an abandoned child, is one of the favorites for tonight’s Palme d’Or.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker, a Korean-language drama about an abandoned child, illegal baby brokers and makeshift families, won the Ecumenical jury award for best film at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Kore-eda, who won Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, in 2018 for Shoplifters, makes his first foray into Korean cinema with Broker.

The movie features Parasite star Song Kang-ho as the “broker,” a loveable rogue who pinches an infant left by a desperate mother at a Busan Family Church’s “baby box” and tries to find an alternative family for her. Together with a fellow broker, played by Gang Dong-won, they initially try and sell the baby. But when the child’s mother, played by Lee Ji-eun, returns, a very different story unfolds.

“The film shows, in an intimate way, how family can be family without blood ties,” the Ecumenical jury said in a statement. “Lives and souls are being protected by a secure environment created by the three adults and an orphan boy around the baby, despite the many different tormented backgrounds.”

The Ecumenical jury, made up of members of Christian film organizations Interfilm (Protestant) and Signis (Catholic) selects its best film from Cannes competition that “best touches the spiritual dimension of our existence.”

The jury, which has been awarding prizes in Cannes since 1974, has a strong track record for picking films that go on to win top prizes at the festival’s main event.