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

Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's

When Sofia Coppola won best director at Cannes on Sunday (for her Civil War thriller The Beguiled), reporters and critics couldn't help but notice that no woman had won that particular honor since Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva's win in 1961 for Chronicle of Flaming Years, and, before that, never.

Christian's next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings.

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. Kruger said. "Thank you a thousand times". Kidman, who appeared in four different projects at the French Riviera festival, accepted a special anniversary award with a video message. "Merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs!" She is the 2017 victor of the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jane Campion, who won the Palme d'Or for 1993's "The Piano", told Vulture in an interview this week that the lack of female filmmaker representation among the top winners was "insane". "This was totally unexpected, as you can see from my shoes".

Cannes competition jury President, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, announced the victor of the festival's top prize at a glittering closing ceremony held at the Lumiere Grand Theatre last night. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture and Coppola won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation.

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"Loveless" by Andrey Zvyagintsev, a wrenching drama about moral rot gnawing at Russian society under Vladimir Putin, took the third place jury prize.

Kruger said: "We don't make films for awards".

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.

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who chaired the jury, said the winning film was a rich and "completely contemporary" tale about "the dictatorship of being politically correct". "That's the only way the statistics are going to change-when other women start to say, "I'm only going to choose a woman now". It is her first role in her native German. Kruger then closed her short, emotional speech by invoking real victims of terrorism: "Please know that you're not forgotten". To much applause, the French director paid tribute to those "those who have died but even more to those [AIDS and HIV patients] who are still here, undergoing heavy treatments and putting their lives on hold".

The Cannes Film Festival Jury has done its job.

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