Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square"

Posted May 31, 2017

Director Ruben Ostlund walked away with the Cannes Film Festival's highest honour as his The Square, an art world satire that stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, won this year's Palme d'Or here.

This is the third Cannes award for Zvyaginstev.

The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, with Sweden's Ruben Ostlund winning the 2017 Palme d'Or for best film with "The Square". This 70th edition of the Cannes film festival brought together a specially rich selection of celebrities who gathered on the French Riviera to celebrate one of the most important events of its kind in the world. In Coppola's film, starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell and Elle Fanning, a wounded soldier take shelter in an all-girls school and disrupts the order.

Joaquin Phoenix was present, though, despite the fact that his new film is called You Were Never Really Here.

Meanwhile, Sofia Coppola - who has previously helmed hits such as "The Virgin Suicides" and "Lost in Translation" - won the Best Director prize for "The Beguiled".

Phoenix also won the best actor prize for You Were Never Really Here and looked genuinely surprised when it was announced that he had won.

15 minute short film a Gentle Night, directed by Qiu Yang, took home the award for Best Short Film over the weekend.

"I'm overcome", Kruger said.

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"If someone had said to me, 'You're going to be a film director, ' I would have laughed". Michael Haneke's family drama Happy End, set against the backdrop of the European refugee crisis, was a leading favourite in the competition section, but Haneke missed his chance to win three Palme D'Or awards after The White Ribbon (2009) and Amour (2012). The latter was a surprise to the worldwide media, since the film had its public premiere on the very last day of the festival (after most of the press corps had left), and had just barely been finished in time (the version shown in Cannes didn't even had end credits yet-just a black screen accompanied by composer Johnny Greenwood's arresting film score).

He apologized for his appearance, saying the prize was "totally unexpected".

But he appeared emotional when discussing how much he had loved Grand Prix victor BPM, which tells the story of activist group Act Up and the lack of government support for Aids sufferers in the 1990s.

Jury member Will Smith made the best of the situation, pretending to be Kidman.

"Montparnasse Bienvenue" earned glowing notices for lead actress Laetitia Dosch in the role of a defiant drifter struggling to find her feet in the Parisian Left-Bank neighbourhood of the title.

The festival has handed out its first award: the Golden Camera prize to Leonor Serraille for her French movie "Young Woman".

Expect more of all this when The Beguiled is released in cinemas late June.