Swedish art gallery satire "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Calvin Saunders
May 31, 2017

Jessica Chastain served as a juror at the 2017 Cannes Festival and spoke candidly at the post-ceremony press conference about the depiction of women in film.

Women were most definitely in the spotlight at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Kidman starred in three films and one series presented at this year's festival. Ostlund shouted from the stage after besting a raft of favourites for one of global cinema's most coveted honours with a rare comedy.

The Square featuresClaes Bang who is a museum director whose life start to unravel after a sequel of events that troubled his, and the museum's, balance. A muscled, grunting man pretending to be a gorilla upsets a black-tie dinner for the museum, sniffing attendees and dragging a woman by the hair.

Fighting back tears, Almodovar told reporters that the "democratic jury" had fiercely debated the winners.

Pedro Almodovar who headed the jury said the final selection of winners had been "completely democratic".

It was described by the star-studded jury as a "clever, witty and funny" film that deals with "important questions".

Almodovar was joined on the judging panel by fellow filmmakers Paolo Sorrentino and Maren Ade, as well as actors Jessica Chastain, Will Smith and Fan Bingbing.

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Swedish director Ruben Ostlund with the Palme d'Or for his film The Square, a satire on the art world. Coppola won for her film The Beguiled, a thriller set during the Civil War starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Soviet director Yuliya Ippolitovna Solntseva was the first woman to win the prize in 1961.

"German actress Diane Kruger won the Best Actress Prize for her part in the film 'In The Fade" (Aus Dem Nichts). Playing a woman who loses her husband and child in a Hamburg terrorist explosion, Kruger reflected on last week's Manchester attack throughout the festival.

The film was a deeply personal project for director Robin Campillo, who was himself an activist in the French branch of the group that helped shame the world into action.

"I can not accept this award without thinking of everyone who has been touched by an act of terrorism. you have not been forgotten", said a visibly moved Kruger. "Please know that you are not forgotten".

He played a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring. He stood on stage and said "Oh my god! OK". "This was totally unexpected, as you can see from my shoes". Sofia Coppola also wins the Best Director Award before her father, the legendary Francis Ford Coppola.

This year's Palme d'Or goes to: Ruben Östlund for directing "The Square".

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