Winners at the 2017 Cannes film festival


Here are the winners from the 2017 Cannes film festival, as chosen Sunday by a star-studded jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

Pedro Almodovar

Palme d’Or: ‘The Square’ 

Director Ruben Ostlund with his Palme d’Or award for his film The Square poses for photographers during a photo call following the awards ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Swedish film “The Square”, a dark satire of the contemporary art world, was the surprise winner of the top Palme d’Or prize at the world’s biggest film festival.

The film, a savagely funny takedown of political correctness and the things we choose to hang in art galleries, had premiered to strong reviews — but even director Ruben Ostlund was shocked as he picked up the award, shouting, “Oh my God, oh my God!”

Grand Prix: ‘120 Beats Per Minute’

Palme D’Or Winner Photocall – The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival · Aishwarya Rai attends the ‘120 Beats Per Minute ‘

“120 Beats Per Minute”, a moving drama set in Paris at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s, scooped second prize for its wrenching portrayal of a romance between two activists in the advocacy group ACT UP.

The film was a deeply personal project for director Robin Campillo, who was himself an activist in the French branch of the group that helped shame the world into action.

Jury Prize: ‘Loveless’ 

Russian director, Andrey Zvyagintsev, scoops Cannes festival jury prize for ‘Loveless

“Loveless”, a bleak tale of a middle-class couple in Moscow looking to offload their child as they go through a bitter divorce, came in third.

The film by Kremlin critic Andrei Zvyagintsev offers a stinging critique of modern Russian society, depicting a country obsessed with consumerism and its smartphones.

Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix 

attends the Palme D’Or winner photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 28, 2017 in Cannes, France.

Triple Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for playing a traumatised hitman in Lynne Ramsay’s ultra-violent “You Were Never Really Here”.

He gives an electrifying performance as Joe, a former soldier who is hired by a New York state senator to rescue his daughter from a paedophile ring.

Best actress: Diane Kruger

DIANE KRUGER Wins Best Actress at 2017 Cannes Film Festival

In her first film role in her native German, Hollywood star and former model Diane Kruger swapped her usually glamorous image to play a mother who vows revenge after her ethnic Kurdish husband and son are killed in a neo-Nazi attack.

Hailed as a “powerhouse performance” by Variety magazine, Kruger said the role had taken a huge emotional toll. “The film almost killed me,” she said at Cannes. “I haven’t worked since.”

Best director: Sofia Coppola 

Sofia Coppola becomes second woman to win best director prize at Cannes Film Festival

Sofia Coppola picked up best director for her remake of the American Civil War thriller “The Beguiled”, starring Colin Farrell as a soldier who bewitches several Southern women including Nicole Kidman.

Collecting her award, the “Bling Ring” director thanked her father — “Apocalypse Now” director Francis Ford Coppola — for teaching her the tricks of the trade.

Best screenplay: Lynne Ramsay and Yorgos Lanthimos

British director Lynne Ramsay and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos are being coawarded with the Best Screenplay

The nine-member jury opted to split the screenplay prize in two, dividing it between Scottish director Lynne Ramsay for “You Were Never Really Here” and Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, a chilling suburban thriller starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 28: Nicole Kidman delivers a speech via video link as she receives the 70th Annivesary Award attends the Closing Ceremony during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 28, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman was the undisputed queen of this year’s Cannes with four projects showing. To mark its 70th birthday, the festival rewarded her with a special prize.


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