Swedish Satire Takes Top Prize at Cannes

The "Miss Sloane" star used the closing press conference for the Cannes Film Festival jury over the weekend to issue a sharp rebuke on the way women were depicted in this year's films.

The Square featuresClaes Bang who is a museum director whose life start to unravel after a sequel of events that troubled his, and the museum's, balance. But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations.

Ruben Ostlund's darkly comic "The Square", a satire on the contemporary art world and what it reveals about modern society, took home the Palme d'Or as the Cannes Film Festival rounded off its highlights-studded 70th edition on Sunday night. The last woman to win Best Director was Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva in 1961 for The Chronicle of Flaming Years. Kruger plays a woman seeking revenge for her husband's death in a terrorist bombing.

Diane Kruger was named best actress and Joaquin Phoenix best actor. Chastain offered as a partial anecdote including more female-directed films in next year's Cannes selection.

A surprise prize - the Special 70th Cannes Festival anniversary - was awarded to the Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman, who featured in four movies in competition this year.

In his humorous speech Smith said, "In my mind, [her speech] would have been something like, 'Merci beaucoup madame and monsieurs!'"

Jury members also included Men in Black star Will Smith, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, Chinese star Fan Bingbing, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, French actress and writer Agnes Jaoui and composer Gabriel Yared.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar presided over the competition jury. "There is a strength in my character, Katja, that frankly I wasn't sure I had in me, and, you know, Fatih saw (it) and he held my hand and helped me through this", she said.

He played a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring.

Joaquin Phoenix with his best actor award for You Were Never Really Here. He said his leather shoes had been flown ahead of him.

The Moroccan-born Campillo was co-screenwriter of the 2008 Palme d'Or victor, "The Class", directed by Laurent Cantet.

French film 120 Beats per Minute, which deals with the reaction to the AIDS crisis in the 1990s, had been tipped to claim the prestigious Palme d'Or, but instead took the runners-up Grand Prix prize. Almodovar said: "I loved the movie".

  • Salvatore Jensen