Sofia Coppola becomes second woman to win Cannes director prize

Sofia Coppola becomes second woman to win Cannes director prize

"The Square" is set in Stockholm, and focuses on the chief curator of a contemporary museum, a well heeled Christian who seeks revenge after his wallet and phone are stolen. "Thank you to my father, who taught me about writing and directing and for sharing his love of cinema, and to my mother for encouraging me to be an artist", Coppola, who was not present for the ceremony, said via written statement.

Australian actor Nicole Kidman won the Cannes film festival's 70th Anniversary Award. "Merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs!"

There were no prizes for the first Netflix releases selected to be in competition for the Palme d'Or: Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories". "This was totally unexpected, as you can see from my shoes".

The film, a savagely amusing takedown of political correctness and the things we choose to hang in art galleries, had premiered to strong reviews - but even director Ruben Ostlund was shocked as he picked up the award, shouting, "Oh my God, oh my God!"

The award for the Best Screenplay was shared by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay for "You Were Not Really Here" and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".

One of the frontrunners in the Palme d'Or race, Andrei Zvyagintsev's Nelyubov (Loveless), an unflinchingly acidic portrait of urban Russian Federation hinging on an estranged couple and their missing son, had to settle for a Jury Prize.

Jury member Smith made the best of the situation, pretending to be Kidman.

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But he appeared emotional when discussing how much he had loved Grand Prix victor BPM, which tells the story of activist group Act Up and the lack of government support for Aids sufferers in the 1990s.

She won for her film The Beguiled, which earned praise from Cannes judges. It is her first role in her native German.

Hailed as a "powerhouse performance" by Variety magazine, Kruger said the role had taken a huge emotional toll.

The big news from Cannes is that they revealed the list of winners in their various categories, including the coveted Palme d'Or, which went to Ruben Östlund's The Square.

Fellow jury member Will Smith was bubbly as ever, saying: "I'm ecstatic. For the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films".

And while the underrepresentation of female directors continues to be an issue at the festival, the few who were here were well rewarded by the jury headed by Pedro Almodovar.

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