The 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival has wrapped, culminating with an unconventional awards ceremony in which Pedro Almodóvar and his jury bestowed a couple unexpected bonus prizes, including a tie for screenplay and a special award to Nicole Kidman, who appeared in four projects in this year’s official selection, including competition titles “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Beguiled,” season two of “Top of the Lake” and special screening “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”
Meanwhile, the fabled Palme d’Or went to Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s cutting art-world (and real-world) satire “The Square,” which dares to bring aspects of conceptual and performance art into the sphere of cinema. The choice came as something of a surprise, if only because the masterful, 142-minute film has divided audiences so far, and jury prizes rely on consensus.
Östlund’s follow-up to Un Certain Regard winner “Force Majeure,” “The Square” centers on a posh museum curator who is perfectly comfortable wining and dining wealthy donors, but must step outside his comfort zone after having his pockets picked on the way to work. After the show, Almodóvar explained their choice: “It’s contemporary, it’s about the dictatorship of being politically correct,” adding, “They live in a paranormal hell because of that.”
Palme d'Or: "The Square" (Ruben Östlund)
70th Anniversary Award: Nicole Kidman
Grand Prix: "BPM (Beats Per Minute)" (Robin Campillo)
Director: Sofia Coppola, "The Beguiled"
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "You Were Never Really Here"
Actress: Diane Kruger, "In the Fade"
Jury Prize: "Loveless" (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Screenplay - TIE: "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou) and "You Were Never Really Here" (Lynne Ramsay)
Camera d'Or: "Jeune femme" (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe) (Léonor Serraille)
Short Films Palme d'Or: "Xiao Cheng Er Yue" (Qiu Yang)
Short Films Special Mention: "Katto" (Teppo Airaksinen)
Golden Eye Documentary Prize: "Faces Places" (Visages Villages) (Agnès Varda, JR)
Ecumenical Jury Prize: "Radiance" (Naomi Kawase)
Un Certain Regard Award: "A Man of Integrity," Mohammad Rasoulof
Best Director: Taylor Sheridan, "Wind River"
Jury Prize: Michel Franco, "April's Daughter"
Best Performance: Jasmine Trinca, "Fortunata"
Award for Poetry of Cinema: Mathieu Amalric, "Barbara"
Art Cinema Award: "The Rider" (Chloe Zhao)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize - TIE: "Lover for a Day" (Philippe Garrel) and "Let the Sunshine In" (Claire Denis)
Europa Cinemas Label: "A Ciambra" (Jonas Carpignano)
Grand Prize: "Makala" (Emmanuel Gras)
Visionary Prize: "Gabriel and the Mountain" (Fellipe Barbosa)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: "Ava" (Léa Mysius)
Competition: "BPM (Beats Per Minute)"
Un Certain Regard: "Closeness" (Kantemir Balagov)
Directors' Fortnight: "The Nothing Factory" (Pedro Pinho)