Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund’s satire “The square” wins Palme d’Or

Courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival

By Fab Poller

The Square/Courtesy of Cannes Festival

The dark  art-world satire from Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund  (whom had already presented Force Majeure  in the “un cerain regard” section and won the Jury Prize in 2014, was awarded the coveted Palme d’Or at the festival’s closing ceremony Sunday in France.

It did come a bit as a surprise as pretty much everyone was expecting the palme d’Or to go to Robin Campillo’s French AIDS drama 120 Beats Per Minute, it won the grand Jury’s prize instead. Campillo got a 5mn standing-ovation upon receiving his prize. 

Nicole Kidman, was recognized with a Cannes 70th anniversary award for her varied work. The actress presence was very much felt in Cannes this year. She presented four exciting projects, The Beguiled by Sofia CoppolaYorgos Lanthimos’ psychological thriller The Killing of A Sacred Deer, quirky sci-fi romance How to Talk to Girls at Parties and Sundance TV miniseries Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Best actor went to Joaquin Phoenix who looked completely bemused upon hearing his name, and didn’t give interviews to the press after the ceremony. He is renowned for not enjoying the awards experience much.

Best actress went to Diane Kruger for her performance in German-language drama “In the Fade” by Director Fatih Akın. Kruger plays (for the very first time in her native language) a mother who loses her family in a terrorist attack and decides to avenge them.

The Best Direct’s prize went to Sofia Coppola for “The beguiled” starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola became the second woman to ever receive the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival .

70th cannes Film Festival was presided by Director Pedro Almodovar.

(1st row fromL) French director Laurent Cantet, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, US director Jerry Schatzberg, French director Claude Lelouch, Austrian director Michael Haneke, New Zealander director Jane Campion, the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux, British director Ken Loach, Italian director Nanni Moretti, Greek director Costa-Gavras, Swedish director Bille August and Algerian director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, (2ndrow fromL) British director Andrea Arnold, French actress Claudia Cardinale, Australian director George Miller, Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, French actress Catherine Deneuve, French actress Isabelle Huppert, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, French actor Vincent Lindon, US actress Kirsten Dunst, French director Agnes Varda, French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, German actress Diane Kruger (3rd row fromL) Frenhc actress Elodie Bouchez, Belgian actress Emilie Dequenne, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, French actress and director Emmanuelle Bercot, Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, French-Argentinian actress Berenice Bejo, French actress Juliette Binoche, US actress Uma Thurman, US director Oliver Stone, Italian actress Monica Bellucci, Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro, and French actor Lambert Wilson, (4th row fromL) German actress Nastassja Kinski, Argentinian director Gaspar Noe, Mexican-Lebanese actress Salma Hayek, US director Sofia Coppola, French actor Mathieu Kassovitz, US -South African actress Charlize Theron, French director Maiwenn, Mexican direcor Alfonso Cuaron, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, Italian director Dario Argento, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and US actress Elle Fanning (5th row fromL) French music composer Gabriel Yared, French actress Laetitia Casta, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, German director Maren Ade, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, US actress Jessica Chastain, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, US actor Will Smith, Japanese director Naomi Kawase

Here is the full list of winners:

Palme d’Or:The Square

Grand Prix:120 Beats Per Minute

Jury Prize: Loveless 

Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

Best actress: Diane Kruger, In the Fade 

Best director: Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled 

Best screenplay (tie):The Killing of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera d’Or:Jeune Femme 

70th anniversary prize: Nicole Kidman

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