Swedish satire 'The Square' is surprise Cannes victor

Diane Kruger more expert in climbing the steps than in downhill

Diane Kruger more expert in climbing the steps than in downhill

She became only the second female director in the festival's history to win the award, after Yuliya Solntseva in 1961.

Sofia Coppola won best director for The Beguiled, a Civil War-era drama starring Nicole Kidman about an injured soldier taken in by a girls boarding school.

Diane Kruger, who won the best actress title for "In the Fade", was overcome with emotion when accepting the prize, thanking her director - her "brother", German filmmaker Fatih Akin - and paying tribute to the victims of terrorism, echoing the film's theme.

Swedish director Ruben Östlund poses on stage with his trophy after winning the Palme d'Or for his film "The Square" on May 28, 2017 during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Actress Nicole Kidman was awarded a special 70th anniversary award.

Coppola was one of three woman filmmakers out of 19 racing for the Palme this year. Among her acknowledgements was Sofia Coppola, in whose movie "The Beguiled" Kidman starred.

It was a surprise choice by the nine-member jury, which featured directors Pedro Almodovar and Maren Ade and Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Will Smith.

The Camera d'Or, given to any best first film that played in the festival regardless of section, went to Leonor Serraille for Jeune Femme (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe).

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!"

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for his portrayal of a psychologically damaged hitman in "You Were Never Really Here" by British director Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, who shared the prize for best screenplay with the writers of "The Killing of a Sacred Deer", Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou. The movie was one of the favorites for the Palme d'Or.

The Jury Prize went to Loveless by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, who uses the search for a missing child to take a cold, hard look at all that is rotten in modern-day Russia - and the world.

The movie features Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Dominic West (The Wire) in small roles viciously lampooning the self-important art world.

But he appeared emotional when discussing how much he had loved Grand Prix victor BPM, which tells the story of activist group Act Up and the lack of government support for Aids sufferers in the 1990s.

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