Art world satire takes top prize at Cannes

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The Cannes Film Fes­ti­val awarded its cov­eted Palme d’Or award to Ruben Ostlund’s The Square on Sun­day, while Sofia Cop­pola be­came only the sec­ond wo­man to win the Best Di­rec­tor award.

“Oh my god! OK,” the Swedish film­maker ex­claimed af­ter he bounded onto the stage to col­lect the pres­ti­gious Palme. His pre­vi­ous film, Force Ma­jeure, won a jury prize in 2014.

Cop­pola won Best Di­rec­tor for The Be­guiled, her re­make of Don Siegel’s 1971 Civil War drama. The first fe­male win­ner of the prize was Soviet di­rec­tor Yuliya Solnt seva in 1961. Do­minic West, Elis­a­beth Moss and Claes Bang star in art world satire The Square. Bang plays the cu­ra­tor of an art mu­seum, who sets up “The Square,” an in­stal­la­tion invit­ing passersby to acts of al­tru­ism. But af­ter he re­acts fool­ishly to the theft of his phone, the re­spected fa­ther of two finds him­self dragged into shame­ful sit­u­a­tions. Diane Kruger was named Best Ac­tress and Joaquin Phoenix Best Ac­tor. Kruger was hon­oured for her per­for­mance in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade. She plays a Ger­man wo­man whose son and Turk­ish hus­band are killed in a bomb at­tack.

Phoenix was rec­og­nized 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 ac­tor wore sneak­ers on­stage and apol­o­gized for his ap­pear­ance, say­ing the award was “to­tally un­ex­pected.”

Span­ish film­maker Pe­dro Al modo var presided over the com­pe­ti­tion jury, which also in­cluded Jes­sica Chas­tain, Will Smith and Park Chan-wook, among oth­ers.

The French AIDS drama 120 Beats Per Minute by Robin Campillo won the Grand Prix, the fes­ti­val’s sec­ond most pres­ti­gious prize. The Jury Prize was given to Love­less by Rus­sian di­rec­tor An­drey Zvyag­int­sev.

The jury also pre­sented a spe­cial award to mark the fes­ti­val’s 70th an­niver­sary, to ac­tress Ni­cole Kid­man, who ap­peared in four films at this year’s fes­ti­val. The As­so­ci­ated Press


Ruben Ostlund ac­cepts the Palme d’Or at Cannes, as Juli­ette Binoche, left, and Pe­dro Almod­ovar look on.

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