Festival de Cannes 2017: winners against all odds and films d’art
At its 70th edition, the Cannes Film Festival gathered once more the most prominent figures of the modern cinematography, while bringing in the light new directorial faces and approving of changing technologies.
However, in this international farrago of talent and high expectations, the Palme d’Or went to “The Square”, a film put together by the Swedish director Ruben Östlund. Far from being a critics’ favourite, it satirizes the arts’ decline and our contemporary reality in which one museum director is desperate to make a success of his gallery and he is keen on doing something controversial in order to promote it.
“In 1946, by creating the Cannes Film Festival, it was thought that cinema and culture were important in the reconstruction of the postwar world. We still think that culture, and therefore cinema, still has a say.” – Thierry Frémaux, the head of the festival
Another high point of this edition was Sofia Coppola winning the Best Director prize with her remake of “The Beguiled”, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Therefore, she became the second woman in the festival’s history to be awarded this distinction, after Yuliya Solntseva won for “The Story of the Flaming Years” in 1961.
Ultimately, Nicole Kidman received the 70th Anniversary Award, a distinction meant to wreathe her life-long work upon numerous films presented at Cannes. Only this year, the actress impersonated four characters for two films in competition (“The Beguiled” and “Killing of a Sacred Deer”), one screening out of competition (“How to Talk with Girls at Parties”) and the premiere of the second season of the “Top of the Lake” series.
FEATURE FILMS – COMPETITION
THE SQUARE directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND
70th ANNIVERSARY AWARD
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute) directed by Robin CAMPILLO
BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE
Sofia COPPOLA for THE BEGUILED
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Joaquin PHOENIX in YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE directed by Lynne RAMSAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Diane KRUGER in AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade) directed by Fatih AKIN
NELYUBOV (Loveless) directed by Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV
BEST SCREENPLAY EX-ÆQUO
Yorgos LANTHIMOS and Efthimis FILIPPOU for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER Lynne RAMSAY for YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
SHORT FILMS – COMPETITION
XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night) directed by QIU Yang
SPECIAL DISTINCTION BY THE JURY
KATTO (The Ceiling) directed by Teppo AIRAKSINEN
The Palme d’or and the Jury Special Mention for Shorts Films were awarded by Uma Thurman and Cristian Mungiu.
UN CERTAIN REGARD
UN CERTAIN REGARD PRIZE
LERD (A Man of Integrity) directed by Mohammad RASOULOF
PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS
JASMINE TRINCA for FORTUNATA directed by Sergio CASTELLITTO
PRIZE FOR THE BEST POETIC NARRATIVE
BARBARA directed by Mathieu AMALRIC
PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTION
Taylor SHERIDAN for WIND RIVER
LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (April’s Daughter) directed by Michel FRANCO
JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenüe) directed by Léonor SERRAILLE presented as part of UN CERTAIN REGARD
PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here) directed by Valentina MAUREL INSAS, Belgium
HEYVAN (AniMal) directed by Bahram & Bahman ARK Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran
DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Youths Died) directed by Tommaso USBERTI La Fémis, France