Cannes Palme d'Or goes to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square"

Director Ruben Ostlund reacts to winning the Palme d'Or award for his film The Square just after it was announced during the awards ceremony at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The film also starred Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and The Wire's Dominic West, as well as an already-celebrated appearance from animal-movement expert Terry Notary, as a performance artist who impersonates an ape.

Uma Thurman and a judging panel of film industry experts have announced the winners of the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard prizes.

The satirical film, directed by Ruben Ostlund, is about the director of a contemporary art museum who stages a new exhibition called "The Square" in a bid to attract publicity. Early on, Christian meets with a group of eager marketing experts who can't figure out how to sell the show to a broader audience.

Sofia Coppola won Best Director for The Beguiled, an adaptation of the Thomas P Cullinan Civil War-era novel of the same name.

Acting honors went to Diane Kruger and Joaquin Phoenix, while Sofia Coppola earned the Best Director award.

"German actress Diane Kruger won the Best Actress Prize for her part in the film 'In The Fade" (Aus Dem Nichts).

That job is left to the main selection jury, which this year included five directors - two of them women - and was headed by Pedro Almodovar.

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup mesdames et messieurs".

"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.

Smith was bubbly as ever, saying: "I'm ecstatic".

But Halligan was more taken by Kidman's role in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, where she plays the wife of a surgeon who brings a teenage boy into their home, with risky repercussions for the family.

Director Ruben Ostlund accepting his Palme d'Or award for his film The Square.

In other big wins, Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Loveless", won the Jury Prize. "Nothing is more violent than reality". Jessica Chastain shared her distressing take.

"The Housemaid" was also the inspiration for his film "The Handmaiden", which was submitted for competition at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

But for the names of the winners: Stay tuned.

Can a filmmaker intentionally write an ending so grating it ruins the movie? A diverse global selection of 17 other titles were vying for the top prize in this category.

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".

  • Salvatore Jensen