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Who picked up the major prizes at the Cannes film festival

30 May 2017

Sofia Coppola took the prize for best director for her remake of 1971 Civil War drama The Beguiled, becoming the first woman to win Best Director at Cannes since 1961 while Diane Kruger was honoured with the best actress award for her work in In the Fade.

The Swedish title was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, in the 70th year of the festival on the French Riviera.

Kruger, cited for her performance in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade", told the star-studded audience she was "overcome".

Swedish film The Square wins the Palm d'Or as Nicole Kidman is honoured with a special 70th Anniversary award. The festival celebrated its 70th edition this year.

Actresses Elle Fanning, from left, Nicole Kidman, director Sofia Coppola, and actress Kirsten Dunst pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "The Beguiled" at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, on May 24, 2017. Joaquin Phoenix earned the Best Actor honour for the thriller You Were Never Really Here, which scored Lynne Ramsay the Best Screenplay accolade in a tie with Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

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The other hot contender was Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless, which follows the disappearance of a boy who overhears his parents planning to separate and divorce and put him in an orphanage.

American Taylor Sheridan, whose was nominated for an Oscar past year for his screenplay for the modern Western Hell or High Water, won best director for Wind River, a crime thriller about an FBI agent investigating a murder on a native American reservation.

"If you have female storytelling, you have more authentic female characters", she said, adding she wanted to see more strong, proactive women on the screen; "more of the women I recognize in my day-to-day life".

Ruben Ostlund, victor of the Palme d'Or for the movie The Square. But I can say 'Je t'aime!

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who headed the jury of nine people that included Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, said the film was about "the dictatorship of being politically correct".

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The Golden Camera was received by French female director Leonor Seraille for her film "Jeune Femme", shown in the "Un Certain Regard" section.

The ceremony was a multilingual spectacle, and Monica Bellucci invited the jury to announce and give away the awards.

Directed by Robin Campillo, the co-screenwriter of the Palme d'Or-winning film "The Class", the movie centers on the activist group ACT UP in Paris in the 1990s during the AIDS crisis.

The Cannes Film Festival Jury has done its job. The movie was one of the favorites for the Palme d'Or.

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