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

Swedish director Ruben Ostlund celebrates with his trophy during a photocall after he won the Palme d'Or for his film "The Square" at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes.

Pedro Almodovar headed up the main jury for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, serving on the panel alongside actors Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, and Fan Bingbing, and fellow moviemakers Paolo Sorrentino, Maren Ade, and Park Chan-Wook, among others.

The film also won the critics prize awarded by the jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

Actress Diane Kruger with her Best Actress award for her role in the film "In The Fade" poses for photographers during the awards ceremony at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France. American director Sofia Coppola won the Best Direction prize for "The Beguiled" starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, a story in the backdrop of the American civil war.

Diane Kruger was named best actress and Joaquin Phoenix best actor as the prestigious festival celebrated its 70th anniversary. In the drama, she played a German woman whose son and Turkish husband are killed in a bomb attack.

This year's Best Screenplay nod was received jointly by the writers of "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Fillipou) and "You Were Never Really Here" (Lynne Ramsay). Ostlund, whose breakout feature, "Force Majeure", garnered the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize here in 2014, is only the second Swedish director after Alf Sjoberg to win the Palme d'Or.

Meanwhile, Sofia Coppola - who has previously helmed hits such as "The Virgin Suicides" and "Lost in Translation" - won the Best Director prize for "The Beguiled".

Almodovar had made clear beforehand that he didn't want the Palme to go to a movie that isn't shown on big screens. To those "who have to go on living" after losing someone, she said, "please know you are not forgotten".

"This is a very democratic jury and I am the ninth part of this jury", he said and fought back tears as he talked of the film's portrayal of "real heroes that saved many lives".

But he appeared emotional when discussing how much he had loved Grand Prix victor BPM, which tells the story of activist group Act Up and the lack of government support for Aids sufferers in the 1990s.

The actor wore sneakers on stage as he collected the prize. The Netflix selections prompted protests from French movie distributors and led Cannes to rule out, beginning next year, streaming-only films.

  • Salvatore Jensen