Cannes Film Festival: Sofia Coppola wins best director award

Usually known for her dreamy, introspective movies about self-discovery (see 'Lost in Translation', 'Somewhere', and 'Marie Antoinette' ), 'The Beguiled' will be Coppola's first foray into horror, as an adaptation of both the novel and 1971 Southern Gothic horror film of the same name.

Coppola's Civil War drama stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Ferrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and though the screenplay is adapted from the same Thomas P. Cullinan novel as the Eastwood film, the Coppola treatment has been billed as a more explicit female empowerment story.

Coppela is the second woman to win the award in the festival's 70 year history. the first was Russia's Yuliya Solntseva, who won in 1961 for her film Chronicle of Flaming Years. The Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev won the jury prize for Loveless.

The Amazon Studios title also won Best Screenplay for writer-director Lynne Ramsay, who shared that nod in a tie with Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".

For Best Actor, Joaquin Phoenix accepted on behalf of Lynne Ramsey's You Were Never Really Here, the final film in Competition, which wound up wowing exhausted critics.

"I can not accept this award without thinking of everyone who has been touched by an act of terrorism. you have not been forgotten", said Kruger. Robin Campillo's film 120 Beats per Minute gets the Grand Prix. Actress Nicole Kidman was awarded a special 70th anniversary award. Kruger was honored for her performance in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade". "You have not been forgotten", she said while accepting her award.

Phoenix also won the best actor prize for You Were Never Really Here and looked genuinely surprised when it was announced that he had won.

Gender inequality is one that's present on every level of the industry: from blockbuster cinema, to the glitz of the Academy Awards, to the European sophistication of the Cannes Film Festival. Kidman wasn't at the French Rivera ceremony, but sent a video message from Nashville, saying she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the show.

  • Salvatore Jensen