Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund's Brilliant 'The Square' Wins Palme d'Or
by Alex Billington
May 29, 2017
What a year! Winners of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes featuring Monica Bellucci as the host. The big winner of Palme d'Or is Swedish director Ruben Östlund (seen screaming above) with his new film The Square, which makes fun of the art world and brilliantly criticizes modern society. In addition, Nicole Kidman received a special 70th Anniversary award for her many outstanding contributions to cinema over the years, including appearing in 3 films at this year's festival: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (as well as "Top of the Lake: China Girl"). Lynne Ramsay's fantastic You Were Never Really Here also picked up two awards, including Best Actor. No one knew what to expect, but these winners rule.
Here's the full list of Cannes 2017 winners, with most of the key awards listed below, including Un Certain Regard. I'll get into my own commentary after the winners. Head to the official Cannes website for more.
Palme d'Or (Golden Palm):
The Square directed by Ruben Östlund
Grand Prix (Runner Up):
120 Beats Per Minute directed by Robin Campillo
70th Anniversary Award:
Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled
Loveless (Nelyubov) directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer
(tied with) Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here
Camera d'Or (First-Time Filmmaker):
Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) directed by Léonor Serraille
Best Lead Actor:
Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here
Best Leading Actress:
Diane Kruger in Fatih Akin's In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Prize:
A Man of Integrity (Lerd) directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
April's Daughter (Las Hijas de Abril) directed by Michel Franco
Special Prize for the Best Poetic Narrative:
Barbara directed by Mathieu Amalric
Best Directing Prize:
Taylor Sheridan for Wind River
Best Actress Prize:
Jasmine Trinca for Fortunata directed by Sergio Castellitto
That's the full list for this year. Congrats to all of the winners! This is an exciting year. The Square was one of my favorite films of the festival (read my review here) and I loved pretty much all of the winners this year in every single category. Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here is also one of my favorites (read my review here) and I enjoyed The Beguiled, 120 Beats Per Minute, and The Scared Killing of a Deer (read my review here). It's great to see female directors winning a number of awards. I'm also happy about Taylor Sheridan winning an Un Certain Regard award for Wind River. Though I'm not a fan of A Man of Integrity. I'm also overjoyed to see Diane Kruger win, she's excellent in the film In the Fade, and Nicole Kidman was great in all three of her films. Overall, I honestly think this is one of the best sets of Cannes winners in years.
This year's jury was lead by director Pedro Almodóvar and included: Will Smith, Maren Ade, Fan Bingbing, Park Chan-wook, Jessica Chastain, Agnès Jaoui, Paolo Sorrentino, and Gabriel Yared. This is the beginning of the end of our 2017 coverage, another year at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up with the Palme awards.
Pretty interesting choices. I had the impression The Square was just pretentious self-indulgence judging from the trailer (it still might be for all I know), but I guess this makes me interested in it somewhat. Especially considering the great line up of a jury: Almodóvar, Chan-wook, Sorrentino... nice.
Terry Craig on May 29, 2017
I have to correct myself: I somehow mixed up this film with 'Manifesto'. I usually try to make sure I know what I'm talking about before commenting, sorry 'bout that, haha. Yeah, apparently there's no trailer for The Square, but there are three clips, which I've checked out on Youtube. It does look like it could be intriguing (gave me a bit of a Leos Carax vibe). I'll be on the lookout for a trailer; cheers.
Terry Craig on May 31, 2017
Very excited to see Phoenix's performance this year. I am always delighted when I think about how effing insane he was just a handful of years ago.
DAVIDPD on May 29, 2017
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