The Square wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

(FromL) US actress Elle Fanning, US director Sofia Coppola and Australian actress Nicole Kidman smile as they arrive for the screening of the film "The Beguiled" at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.

Sofia Coppola also has a shot with "The Beguiled", in which Kidman dominates the screen as head of a school for gentile young ladies in the American Civil War and whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of an injured Yankee soldier.

Although members of the jury said she was the first woman to win that prize, the history books show that Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva won it in 1961.

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.

The runner-up Grand Prix went to a picture that was widely tipped to win, the moving French drama "120 Beats Per Minute" about the radical activists who helped shame the world into action on AIDS.

Swedish film "The Square", a dark satire of the contemporary art world, was the surprise victor of the top Palme d'Or prize at the world's biggest film festival.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar presided over the competition jury.

In her absence from the awards ceremony, jury member Will Smith took to the stage and jokingly pretended to be Nicole.

"I can not accept this award without thinking about anyone who has ever been affected by an act of terrorism and who is trying to pick up the pieces and go on living after having lost everything", the actress said.

The actor wore sneakers on stage as he collected the prize. Kruger was honored for her performance in Fatih Akin's "In the Fade".

He apologized for his appearance, saying the prize was "totally unexpected".

Regarded as cinema's most prestigious festival, Cannes is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

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

The Jury Prize went to Loveless by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, who uses the search for a missing child to take a cold, hard look at all that is rotten in modern-day Russia - and the world.

The Palme d'Or award for short films has gone to the 15-minute-long Chinese movie "A Gentle Night" by Qiu Yang.

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