The Square wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

Carla Harmon
May 29, 2017

Coppola won the award for her upcoming film 'The Beguiled', following not very closely in the footsteps of Russian director Yuliya Solntseva, the first ever woman to win Best Director, who took out the prize in 1961 - yes, the last victor predates the end of the Vietnam War.

Diane Kruger, the star of Fatih Akin's In the Fade, won best actress for her performance in that film as a grieving, then vengeful German widow whose marriage to a German-Turk finds her battling homegrown neo-Nazis.

Critics hailed the movie by writer-director Ruben Ostlund as "high-wire cinema" that veers between comedy and thriller with moments of pure surrealism, though some said it could easily have shed part of its two hours and 22 minutes running time.

Coppola's adaptation of a 1971 film by Don Siegel, is a Southern Gothic saga starring Nicole Kidman as the stern governess of an all-girl-school, who takes in a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War.

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

The award for the Best Screenplay was shared by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay for "You Were Not Really Here" and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".

The Beguiled premieres in Australia at the Sydney Film Festival next month, where it is in contention for the Sydney Film Prize. Among her acknowledgements was Sofia Coppola, in whose movie "The Beguiled" Kidman starred. Onstage in the Lumière Theatre, where the awards ceremony took place, the director Maren Ade, a juror, accepted the prize for an absent Coppola, who thanked her parents as well as the director Jane Campion for being "a role model and supporting women filmmakers".

Although members of the jury said she was the first woman to win that prize, the history books show that Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva won it in 1961. The Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev won the jury prize for Loveless.

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