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CANNES: The Cannes Film Fescov­eted tival awarded its Palme d’Or award to Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish com­edy The Square on Sun­day, while Sofia Cop­pola be­woman came only the sec­ond to win the best di­rec­tor award. “Oh my god! OK,” the Swedish film­maker ex­claimed af­ter he bounded onto the stage to col­lect the Palme.

In The Square, Claes Bang plays a mu­seum di­rec­tor, whose life be­gins to un­after ravel events that up­set his and the mu­seum’s calm equi­lib­rium.

The ti­tle comes from an art in­stal­la­tion that Bang’s char­ac­ter is prep­ping, which in­vites any­one who en­ters a small square to be kind and gen­er­ous.

The film’s satire and ex­plo­ration of moral dilem­mas cul­mi­nated in one of the fes­ti­val’s most eye-catch­ing scenes.

A mus­cled, grunt­ing man pre­tend­ing to be a go­rilla up­sets a black-tie din­ner for the mu­seum, sniff­ing at­ten­dees and drag­ging a woman by the hair.

Cop­pola won best di­rec­tor for The Beguiled, her re­make of Don Siegel’s 1971 Civil War drama about a Union sol­dier hid­ing out in a South­ern girls’ school.

Hailed as Cop­pola’s most fem­re­made in­ist work yet, the thriller told from a fe­male point of view stars Ni­cole Kid­man and Kirsten Dunst, with Colin Far­rell as the wounded sol­dier.

Cop­pola was one of three fe­male film­mak­ers out of 19 in com­pe­ti­tion for the Palme this year. The first — and un­til now, only — fe­male win­ner of the best di­rec­tor prize was Yuliya Ip­poli­tovna Sol­nt­seva from the Soviet Union in 1961.

Diane Krueger was named best ac­tress and Joaquin Phoenix best ac­tor as the fes­ti­val cel­e­brated its 70th an­niver­sary.

Krueger was hon­oured for her per­for­mance in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade. She played a Ger­man woman whose son and Turk­ish hus­band are killed in a bomb at­tack.

Phoenix was recog­nised for his role in Lynne Ram­say’s thriller You Were Never Really Here , in which he played a tor­mented war vet­eran try­ing to save a teenage girl from a sex traf­fick­ing ring.

The French drama 120 Beats Per Minute won the Grand Prize from the jury. The award recogstrong nises a film that missed out on the Palme d’Or.

Directed by Robin Campil­movie lo, the cen­tres on the ac­tivist group ACT UP in Paris in the 1990s dur­ing the AIDS cri­sis. AP

Ruben Ostlund

Sofia Cop­pola Joaquin Phoenix Diane Kruger

Robin Campillo

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