Cannes 2017: Swedish satire film 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 29, 2017

Ruben Ostlund's seriocomic art-world satire "The Square" has won the Palme d'Or as the best film at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

"Oh my god! OK", the Swedish filmmaker exclaimed Sunday after he bounded onto the stage to collect the prize.

He led the crowd in a cheer, too.

"BPM (Beats Per Minute)", a French movie about AIDS awareness campaigners in the 1980s, had been favourite for the award but had to settle for second place, taking the Grand Prize of the Jury, something Almodovar seemed to regret.

But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the respected father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations.

"The Square" stars Claes Bang as Christian, the curator of a museum that is courting contemporary art to stay current, while simultaneously courting the YouTube generation to stay solvent.

Diane Kruger earned best actress for her role in Fatih Akin's 'In the Fade, ' a tour-de-force performance in which the German-born actress tackled her first starring role in her native language.

Clutching the scroll he had just been awarded, Rasoulof said he hoped the prize would make things easier for him to make films in Iran.

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

The actor wore sneakers on stage as he collected the prize.

Sofia Coppola, meanwhile, became only the second woman to win the best director award. It is scheduled to open in Chicago sometime in June. Almodovar, who is gay, choked back tears when he spoke of film's portrayal of "the heroes who saved many lives".

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs".

Campillo also wrote the screenplay for "The Class", a drama about a multicultural Paris high school that scooped the Palme d'Or in 2008 as well as an Oscar nomination. The award recognizes a strong film that missed out on the Palme d'Or.

The actress told broadcaster Canal Plus, "We saw handsome films".

Diane Kruger, in a sober black dress, said: "My heart is beating very, very fast". When the film premiered at the festival on May 19, TheWrap called it "a long, scathing, brilliantly amusing film with a jaw-dropping set piece ..."

The film, a savagely amusing takedown of political correctness and the things we choose to hang in art galleries, had premiered to strong reviews - but even director Ruben Ostlund was shocked as he picked up the award, shouting, "Oh my God, oh my God!"

But for the names of the winners: Stay tuned.

And while the underrepresentation of female directors continues to be an issue at the festival, the few who were here were well rewarded by the jury headed by Pedro Almodovar.

The jury also presented a special prize to Nicole Kidman to celebrate the festival's 70th anniversary.

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". Organizers have declared that next year, streaming-only films will not be accepted for the competition.

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