SWEDISH FILM WINNER
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.
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