The Square wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

The Square wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

USA actor Joaquin Phoenix (C) stands on stage with Best Scenrio co-winners British director Lynne Ramsay (2ndR) and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (R) after he was awarded with the Best Actor Prize in "You Were Never Really Here" on May 28, 2017 during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Coppola's adaptation of a 1971 film by Don Siegel, is a Southern Gothic saga starring Nicole Kidman as the stern governess of an all-girl-school, who takes in a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War.

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for his portrayal of a psychologically damaged hitman in You Were Never Really Here by Lynne Ramsay, who shared the prize for best screenplay with the writers of The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou.

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The Swedish title was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, in the 70th year of the festival on the French Riviera.

In a stunning upset, the nine-member jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and including Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Will Smith awarded the trophy to the movie's director, Ruben Ostlund.

Best actress went to Diane Kruger for her performance in German film In the Fade, playing a woman trying to put her life back together after her husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack.

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless, a drama about how society is struggling under Vladimir Putin, took the "Jury Prize", considered third place at Cannes. She sent a video message from Nashville saying she was "devastated" for not being present at the event. Almodovar said: "I loved the movie".

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Fake crying, he said in French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs".

Juror Jessica Chastain said she was shocked at the way numerous films she saw at Cannes portrayed women.

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".

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