The winners of the 70th Cannes Film Festival have been announced, with director Ruben Ostlund’s satirical drama “The Square” taking this year’s coveted Palme d’Or award.
Starring Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Dominic West (“The Affair”), “The Square” follows the curator of an art museum who decides to try to track down the person who mugged him, leading to a series of bizarre situations that cause him to question his own moral compass.
This year’s Jury Prize was awarded to “Loveless”, a Russian drama about a divorcing couple who must set aside their differences when their son disappears during one of their bitter arguments.
Also honoured at this year’s festival was Nicole Kidman, who received the festival’s Special 70th Anniversary Prize, while French AIDS drama “120 Beats Per Minute” was awarded this year’s Grand Prize.
Kidman, who was not in attendance (she left Cannes earlier this week), accepted the honour via prerecorded video, reports Entertainment Weekly. “I am absolutely devastated to not be with you tonight… the whole experience of last week feels like a dream, actually… thank you to the jury led by Pedro. Thank you so much for honouring my work and the films and I’m blessed to have this job. I’m incredibly grateful to Yorgos Lanthimos, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, John Cameron Mitchell,” she said. “I also want to say thank you to the festival for existing. Thank you… for making me a part of your story after so many years. Watching the 70th celebration the other night was amazing… so to be a part of this I’m eternally grateful, and I’m sad that I’m not there.”
Sofia Coppola took the honours for Best Director for her upcoming drama “The Beguiled”; although she wasn’t in attendance, Coppola sent a statement of thanks.
“Thank you to the jury for this honour… Thank you to my father, who taught me about writing and directing and for sharing his love of cinema, and to my mother for encouraging me to be an artist,” she said in her statement.
In addition, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Kruger were named Best Actor and Best Actress for their work in, respectively, “You Were Never Really Here” and “In the Fade”.
“Fatih [Akin], my brother, thank you for taking a chance on me… you gave me strength that I didn’t know I had in me,” Kruger said of her “Into the Fade” director as she accepted her award. “I cannot accept this award without thinking about anyone who has ever been [impacted] by an act of terrorism, [people who are] trying to pick up the pieces and go on living. Please know that you are not forgotten. Thank you.”
Kruger’s ex-boyfriend Joshua Jackson congratulated her in a cute Instagram post. “Yes she Cannes,” the “Dawson’s Creek” alum, wrote. “Having witnessed the integrity and dedication that you bring to every job, I’m over the moon to see you getting the recognition you deserve.”
Here is the complete list of winners from this year’s edition of the prestigious film festival:
2017 Main Competition winners:
“The Square”, dir: Ruben Ostlund
Special 70th Anniversary Prize
“120 Beats Per Minute”, dir: Robin Campillo
Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”
Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”
Diane Kruger, “In The Fade”
“Loveless”, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”
Lynne Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here”
Short Film Palme d’Or
“A Gentle Night”, dir: Qui Yang
Special Mention: “The Ceiling”, dir: Teppo Airaksinen
“Jeune Femme”, dir: Leonor Serraille
2017 Un Certain Regard winners:
Un Certain Regard Prize: Mohammad Rasoulof – “A Man of Integrity”
Best Actress: Jasmine Trinca – “Fortunata”
Best Poetic Narrative: Mathieu Amalric – “Barbara”
Best Direction: Taylor Sheridan – “Wind River”
Jury Prize: Michel Franco – “April’s Daughter”
2017 International Critics Week winners:
Nespresso Grand Prize: Emmanuel Gras – “Makala”
France 4 Visionary Award: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa – “Gabriel and the Mountain”
Leica Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film: Laura Ferrés – “Los Desheredados”
Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa – “Gabriel and the Mountain”
SACD Award: Léa Mysius – “Ava”
Canal+ Award: Aleksandra Terpińska – “The Best Fireworks”
2017 Director’s Fortnight winners:
Art Cinema Award: Chloé Zhao – “The Rider”
SACD Award: Claire Denis – Let the Sunshine In, Philippe Garrel – “Lover for a Day”
Europa Cinemas Label Award: Jonas Carpignano – “A Ciambra”
Illy Prize for Short Film: Benoit Grimalt – “Back to Genoa City”