Cannes 2017: And the winners are…


Cannes 2017 came to an end today and my oh my what an interesting year it has been (despite my lack of entries since I was not there and therefore I can’t comment on that). The 70th edition finished in a very unconventional way, much like its jury President, Pedro Almodóvar, with many additional prizes being awarded, including a tie for Best Screenplay and a special prize for Nicole Kidman, who is clearly having the time of her life (and we love it).

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s poignant satire “The Square” took home the Palme d’Or, a move many (including notable outlets such as Variety) didn’t see coming, espcially due to the relative letdown after the Jury Prize winner “Force Majeure”.

My personal favorite winner, as always, was Sofia Coppola (Best Director), whose latest film, The Beguiled, has been unanimously praised and will be released this summer (you can find my reviews on all her previous feature films HERE).

This year has been marked by the growing controversy of digital platforms such as Netflix taking over traditional cinema (something I will further discuss in an upcoming entry). The digital superpower premiered the action film Okja, directed by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, which was lauded by critics. We’ll see what happens next…

So, without further ado, here are the winners of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival:


Palme d’Or: “The Square” (Ruben Östlund)
Special Prize: 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)


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