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Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'

30 May 2017

"The Square", a hard-hitting commentary on the loss of humanitarian values and trust in contemporary society, directed by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund, has won the Palme d'Or at the 70th Cannes film festival. Hailed as Coppola's most feminist work yet, the remade thriller told from a more female point of view stars Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, with Colin Farrell playing the wounded soldier.

American actor Joaquin Phoenix was adjudged the Best Actor for his role as a killer, who goes after child abusers in Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Not Really Here". In the drama, she played a German woman whose son and Turkish husband are killed in a bomb attack.

Sofia Coppola won best director for "The Beguiled", Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for "You Were Never Really Here" and Diane Kruger best actress for German language movie "In the Fade".

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Barbara, a biopic about the eponymous 1960s French singer, also won a commendation, while Jasmine Trinca won best actress for her performance as a young divorced mother in Italian drama Fortunata. He apologized for his appearance, saying the prize was "totally unexpected".

But the I'm So Excited director, known for his interest in female-focused and LGBT storylines, broke down with emotion when asked about 120 Beats Per Minute.

Diane said: "We don't make films for awards".

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His voice cracked as he commented on Robin's film delving into the Aids crisis in 1990s Paris and the lack of government support for sufferers.

Vanity Fair called the film "a vital new gay classic".

The coveted Palme d'Or, one of filmmaking's most lauded honors, went to "The Square", a surprise choice for a festival that typically favors intense dramas. Jury member Smith made the best of the situation, pretending to be Kidman.

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