Swedish Art Gallery Satire 'The Square' Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

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In 2014, the 43-year-old director also won Un Certain Regard's prize at Cannes for his drama Force Majeure.

The awards capped what had been an often disappointing festival characterised by a fairly weak feature-film competition, misfires from venerated auteurs and rumours that some movies had been rushed into the festival before they had been fully edited.

" "The Beguiled" is like a mediocre Tennessee Williams play staged by Sam Peckinpah as a third-wave-feminist horror film".

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who chaired the jury, said the winning film was a rich and "completely contemporary" tale about "the dictatorship of being politically correct". Kruger said. "Thank you a thousand times". It's very rare that a comedy takes home the Palme d'Or, and the film beat out some high-profile dramas and documentaries for the prize.

Robin Campillo's film won the Grand Prix at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and the director walked onstage to pick up his award to a standing ovation.

The Best Actress award was bagged by German actor Diane Kruger for her powerful portrayal of a woman fighting the neo-Nazi murderers of her husband and son in Turkish-born German director Fatih Akin's "In the Fade".

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Statements filled with certainty about putting a peace deal together were downgraded to "hopeful" expectations. The visit follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia , where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism.

"The Square", which stars Claes Bang, Dominic West and Elisabeth Moss, was not expected to win the main prize in Cannes - but Ruben admitted the accolade has made his hard work seem worthwhile.

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. "It's insane", she told Vulture.

"They are real heroes who saved many lives", he said, his voice breaking.

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There was success for women filmmakers at Cannes this year with Sofia Coppola becoming only the second female in the festival's history to be named best director for The Beguiled. The movie was one of the favorites for the Palme d'Or. But if more women directors get recognized, it could help encourage Hollywood to embrace more female-helmed films and change those stats for the better. "That's the only way the statistics are going to change-when other women start to say, "I'm only going to choose a woman now".

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