Who'll win? Cannes gears up for Palme d'Or prize night


On May 28, Sofia Coppola won the Best Director prize for her film The Beguiled at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Shouting to the crowd, the Swedish director - who won the Palme d'Or for "The Square" - blew kisses to the jury, thanked all of his team, as well as his wife, and asked photographers and cameramen to turn around and take a picture of the audience.

The Square stars Claes Bang with British actor Dominic West and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss in supporting roles. But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations. The only other woman to be named "Best Director" in the festival's 70-year history was Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva, who won for The Chronicle of Flaming Years 56 years earlier. Playing a woman who loses her husband and child in a Hamburg terrorist explosion, Kruger reflected on last week's Manchester attack throughout the festival.

Greece's Yorgos Lantimos shared best screenplay prize with Ramsay for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, an icy thriller set in a wealthy American suburb and also starring Kidman and Farrell.

Robin Campillo's film won the Grand Prix at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and the director walked onstage to pick up his award to a standing ovation.

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar presided over a jury that included German director Maren Ade, American actress Jessica Chastain, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, French multi-hyphenate Agnes Jaoui, South Korean director Park Chan- wook, American megastar Will Smith, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and French composer Gabriel Yared.

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs". "It's amusing. It deals with questions so important", said French actress and filmmaker Agnes Jaoui, a member of the jury that also included Americans Will Smith and Jessica Chastain. Grande, 23, said in a message on her Instagram account that a date for the concert had not yet been worked out. "This was totally unexpected, as you can see from my shoes". That did not stop him telling people at the dinner that he appreciated the prize - a camera lens he says is worth US$50,000 - "because I can hire it out if I don't have a job".

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At first glance, the German beauty's modesty looked to be protected, but the gown was soon illuminated when she hit the red carpet.

Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev, a wrenching drama about moral rot gnawing at Russian society under Vladimir Putin, took the third place jury prize.

"Oh my God, oh my God!", Ostlund shouted from the stage. The film's docu-drama retelling of that painful period, combined with a burgeoning spirit of unity for the gay community, earned it some of the best reviews of the festival.

Doyle, who has lived for most of his professional life in Hong Kong and is particularly admired for his work for Wong Kar-Wai, was clearly moved by the recognition.

That could bode ill for Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories", the first Netflix releases ever selected to be in competition for the Palme d'Or.