Art world satire takes top prize at Cannes
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.