Swedish drama 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival

Carla Harmon
May 29, 2017

Ruben Östlund's satirical drama The Square, starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Christopher Læssø, created quite an impressive festival buzz following its initial screenings at the start of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

The 70th edition (May 17-28) saw 19 titles in the prestigious worldwide competition, including Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck, Michel Hazanavicius's Redoubtable, Hong Sang-soo's The Day After, Bong Joon-ho's Okja and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). Coppola previously competed for the Palme d'Or in 2006, but lost out to Ken Loach for The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

The French AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" won the Grand Prize from the jury.

Also, The CST Jury chose to award the VULCAIN PRIZE FOR ARTIST-TECHNICIAN to Swedish production designer Josefin Åsberg "for her remarkable artistic contribution to match the inventiveness of the film The Square".


The victor of the Cannes Film Festival will be announced on Sunday, with a French movie about AIDS campaigners and two dark Russian dramas among the hottest tips.

Coppola's film, The Beguiled, is a remake of the 1971 film of the same name. The film features a strong cast as well - Colin Ferrel, playing the soldier is taken in by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, who all live in a girls' boarding school.

This year's Best Screenplay nod was received jointly by the writers of "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Fillipou) and "You Were Never Really Here" (Lynne Ramsay).

Similarly, Diane Kruger's first German-language production (Fatih Akin's In The Fade) was deemed the Jury's Best Actress prize.


Phoenix was recognized for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller "You Were Never Really Here". (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Director Ruben Ostlund with his Palme d'Or award for his film The Square during the awards ceremony at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. The movie traces the efforts of a young woman to fit in with the culture of the titular Left-Bank neighborhood in Paris. The film was made by an nearly entirely female crew.

Toni Erdmann director Maren Ade, who also sat on the jury, agreed more female directors were needed, adding: "We're missing a lot of stories they might tell". Jasmine Trinca, who stars in Sergio Castellito's Lucky, won best acting prize.

The Camera d'Or is awarded to the best first film, with 26 films vying for it this year.

The competition jury for the 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival has created a special award for Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who appeared in four films at this year's competition.


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