The 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival is done and dusted with the prizes handed out last night to an eclectic bunch of titles in what has been dubbed an odd year at the fest.
Ruben Ostlund’s art world satire “The Square” took the top prize of the Palme d’Or with French AIDS drama “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” the runner-up with the Grand Prize, and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s bleak divorce tale “Loveless” came in third place with the Jury Prize.
Sofia Coppola won best director for “The Beguiled,” making her only the second woman in history to win that honor. Best Actor went to Joaquin Phoenix for Lynne Ramsey’s “You Were Never Really Here” which also tied for Best Screenplay with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”. Diane Kruger scored Best Actress for post-terrorism tale “In the Fade”.
The Camera d’Or prize for best first time director went to Leonor Serraille for “Jeune Femme”. The Golden Eye Documentary Prize went to Visages Villages’ “Faces Places,” and the Ecumenical Jury Prize went to Naomi Kawase’s “Radiance”.
Other awards handed out this weekend included “A Man of Integrity” winning the Un Certain Regard Award, Taylor Sheridan taking Un Certain Regard’s best director for “Wind River,” Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” winning the Art Cinema Award, Emmanuel Gras’ “Makala” winning the Critics Week Grand Prize, and “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” winning the FIPRESCI competition prize. Nicole Kidman received a special 70th Anniversary prize.