Sofia Coppola second woman to win Best Director at Cannes


Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's "A Man of Integrity" won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, beating a diverse worldwide selection of 17 other titles to the honor.

But many believe he may hand over the prize, which has eluded him, to a woman director this year.The competition jury also has four women filmmakers - German director Maren Ade, who many still think should have won the Palme d'Or last year for "Tony Erdmann", American actor Jessica Chastain, Chinese actor-producer Fan Bingbing and French actor-director Agnes Jaqui.

"Oh my God, oh my God!" Of the 19 films vying for the prestigious Palme d'Or, "120 beats per minute" appears to be the critics favourite to win the festival's best film award.

Nicole Kidman, who had three films at the festival (The Beguiled, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and the television series Top of the Lake, was given the 70th anniversary prize.

The human cost of terrorism featured on the Cannes agenda on Friday, however, when acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin presented "In The Fade", starring Diane Kruger as a woman whose husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack. Back in January, the Sundance Film Festival teed up worthy dramas like Call Me by Your Name and Mudbound, and now it's time for the Cannes Film Festival to weigh in.

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Joaquin Phoenix also won the Best Actor prize for You Were Never Really Here. "It is very, very, very amusing", he said.

Does that suggest a possible Palme d'Or? He is free on bail and has continued to make films that explore political and moral corruption.

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This year the Grand Prix was won by Robin Campillo's 120 Beats Per Minute.

The FIPRESCI critics' jury also rewarded the debut Russian feature "Tesnota" by Kantemir Balagov and Portugal's "A Fabrica de Nada", about workers who take their factory apart rather than let their jobs go overseas, by Pedro Pinho. I couldn't love it more.

French filmmaker Agnès Jaoui said Ruben Ostlund's film was "clever, witty and amusing and deals with questions so important for all of us: How we treat poor people around us, how do we deal with the media, the importance of being shocking and getting the media's attention". Other Un Certain Regard prizes included Jasmine Trinca (Fortunata) for best performer, and the Jury Prize, which went to April's Daughter from Mexico's Michel Franco. "I was riveted for two and a half hour, fantastic".

The art-scene satire The Square stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and Claes Bang.

One set-piece featuring a wild, bare-chested man performing as an ape wreaking havoc at a posh gala dinner has already entered festival legend.

"Such a serious subject is treated with an incredible imagination".

Cannes' 12 days of screenings and celebrity-packed soirees - which were somewhat muted by the Manchester bombing - were marked by unprecedented anti-terror measures and a raging row over how technology is shaping the future of the movie industry.