Ostlund's "The Square" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 29, 2017

Meanwhile, 120 Beats Per Minute, a moving French drama about AIDS activists, won three of the festival's subsidiary awards, including the critics' prize, in what could be a sign that it may take the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or on Sunday. The Netflix selections prompted protests from French movie distributors and led Cannes to rule out, beginning next year, streaming-only films.

Diane Kruger was named best actress and Joaquin Phoenix best actor as the festival celebrated its 70th anniversary.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar heads a jury that includes Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain and has spent the past fortnight watching an eclectic mix of 19 movies from around the world vying for the Palme d'Or.

She told the star-studded audience she was "overcome".

The film tracks a war veteran's attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring, although his rescue mission goes horribly wrong. Last year, the Cinefondation section had "Gudh", a short film from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, directed by Saurav Rai.The 13-minute-long "Afternoon Clouds" tells the story of an afternoon at the home of a 60-year-old widow in Mumbai.

"Having seen all the competition titles, I'd say it hasn't been a banner year - although there were some good fun films in there, like the Safdie brothers' Good Time and Francois Ozon's L'amant Double", she said.

The film's docu-drama 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.

The 2017 Cannes winners will be announced this weekend.

Other jury members included filmmakers Joachim Lafosse and Mohamed Diab, actor Reda Kateb and Karlovy Vary festival director Karel Och. "Sadly my government continues that shame with an insidious mixture of apathy and exploitation. what we must do as artists is scream about them with fists clenched". And that's partly because I work in television, I can work on films that are made to be shown on a small screen and I can work on films shown on a big screen. Sandler's performance as a recently divorced father in Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)" was praised as a new high point for the actor.

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