Who'll win? Cannes gears up for Palme d'Or prize night

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 30, 2017

Phoenix won best actor for his performance in the thriller You Were Never Really Here, while Kruger won best actress for her role in Fatih Akin's In The Fade.

The Un Certain Regard sidebar of the 70th Cannes Film Festival announced its winners over the weekend, with the jury awarding the top prize to "A Man of Integrity" ("Lerd") by Mohammad Rasoulof.

"We are proud to present an aesthetically diverse and lovely palmares", said Uma Thurman, Un Certain Regard jury president, to open the ceremony.

In "The Square", Claes Bang plays the curator of an art museum, who sets up an installation inviting passers-by to altruism.

When he took the stage to accept his award, Ostlund led the crowd in a "scream of happiness" and told photographers to turn their cameras away from him and into the audience. "I can direct you all now because I won this prize", he said.

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

The jury prize went to Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Loveless".

The Cannes Film Festival Jury has done its job.

The Palme d'Or award for short films has gone to the 15-minute-long Chinese movie "A Gentle Night" by Qiu Yang. He also directed "The Banishment" ('Izgnanie"), "Elena' and "Leviathan, ' with the latter having been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014. It's amusing. It deals with questions so important", said French actress and filmmaker Agnes Jaoui, a member of the jury that also included Americans Will Smith and Jessica Chastain.

Does that suggest a possible Palme d'Or?

Coppola was one of three female filmmakers out of 19 in competition for the Palme this year.

The film's docudrama retelling of that painful period, combined with a burgeoning spirit of unity for the gay community, earned it some of the best reviews of the festival.

Almodovar said: "We did our work".

The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up to award its prestigious Palme d'Or at a glitzy award ceremony.

The jury was chaired by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar.

Regarded as cinema's most prestigious festival, Cannes is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Netflix selections prompted protests from French movie distributors and led Cannes to rule out, beginning next year, streaming-only films.

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