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Surreal Anglo-Swedish film, The Square, wins Palme d'Or

Surreal Anglo-Swedish film, The Square, wins Palme d'Or

Though Coppola and British director Lynne Ramsay were represented in the prizes, jurors lamented the lack of female story-tellers.

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival bowed today, wrapping 11 days (May 17-28) of celebrities making glamorous turns on the red carpet in the South of France.

Actress Eva Green, from left, director Roman Polanski and actress Emmanuelle Seigner pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film Based On A True Story at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, sout.

Most odds makers didn't have "The Square" as a favourite to win the prestigious Palme d'Or, the top prize awarded at Cannes.

He led the crowd in a cheer, too.

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Michael Franco's Spanish-language April's Daughter won the jury prize in the Un Certain regard section, while Taylor Sheridan was named best director for Wind River.

Danish actor Claes Bang plays a museum director and divorced father of two young daughters who gets robbed in broad daylight in the city center.

Best director went to Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled, a female-driven adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's Civil War novel, about a wounded Union soldier who takes refuge in a Virginia girls' school.

The Grand Prix went to "120 Beats Per Minute" directed by Robin Campillo, a movie depicting the AIDS activist group Act Up.

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!"

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Nicole said she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the ceremony, having already left the French Riviera town after a week of red carpet appearances and screenings.

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

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs". The Oscar-winning actress now has four productions featured at Cannes Film Festival, including The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, How to Talk to Girls at Parties and the BBC crime drama Top of the Lake, reported Contactmusic.

French actor Juliette Binoche presented the award to Ostlund, who beat other contenders like "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius ("Redoubtable") and German director Fatih Akin ("In the Fade"). "It's insane", she told Vulture.

"The one thing I really took away from this experience, is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented, and I was quite disturbing to me, to be honest", she said.

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Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here.


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