By Fab Poller
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 Coppola, Yorgos 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.
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