Cannes Film Festival 2017: Ruben Östlund’s The Square surprises with Palme d’Or win
Despite pundits predicting success for Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats per Minute, Ruben Östlund’s satirical-drama, The Square, has emerged as the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
With a budget of USD5.5 million and a 75 day production period, The Square was shot on location in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Berlin. The film’s art gallery was inspired by Sweden’s Royal Palace - known for its extravagant design.
The film features an international cast including Dominic West (The Affair), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Terry Notary (War for the Planet of the Apes).
The 70th anniversary award was presented to Nicole Kidman, who appeared in no less than four feature films at this year’s festival. Among these films are Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties, the latter of which was shot in London’s Croydon.
A seemingly shocked Joaquin Phoenix was bestowed with the Best Performance by an Actor award, for his turn in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. With scenes filmed in Brooklyn, the film follows an army veteran as he attempts to save a young girl from a sex-trafficking operation.
Diane Kruger’s performance in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade earned her the prize for Best Performance by an Actress. Kruger recently starred in a commercial shot in Sri-Lanka, with the help of production service company, Crew for Shoots.
Full list of winners:
Feature films - competition
The Square directed by Ruben Östlund
70th anniversary award
120 Beats per Minute directed by Robin Campillo
Best Director Prize
Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled
Best Performance by an Actor
Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here directed by Lynne Ramsay
Best Performance by an Actress
Diane Kruger in In the Fade directed by fatih akin
Loveless directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Best screenplay Ex-Æquo
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here
Short films - competition
A Gentle Night directed by Qiu Yang
Special Distinction by the Jury
The Ceiling directed by Teppo Airaksinen
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard prize
A Man of Integrity directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
Prize for Best Actress
Jasmine Trinca for Fortunata directed by Sergio Castellitto
Prize for the Best Poetic Narrative
Barbara directed by Mathieu Amalric
Prize for Best Direction
Taylor Sheridan for Wind River
April's Daughter directed by Michel Franco
Jeune Femme (Montparnasse Bienvenüe) directed by Léonor Serraille
Paul is Here directed by valentina maurel
Animal directed by Bahram & Bahman ark
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran
Two Youths Died directed by Tommaso Usberti
La Fémis, France
Josefin Asberg for The Square
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