Cannes Film Festival 2017: List of Winners, Thoughts and Reactions.

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2017 Film Festivals: The 70th Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival 2017 closing ceremony took place yesterday in Cannes, France. The Jury led by screenwriter and director Pedro Almodovar have given their words in the closing ceremony hosted by Monica Bellucci.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival took place from 17 to 28 May 2017, and gathered a lot of attention this year following the announcing of the official lineup. This year’s selection included 49 films in official selection, 18 films in competition.

The official selection includes the prestigious competition, Un Certain Regard, out-of-competition films, midnight sessions, short films, and Cannes Classics.

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This year’s Cannes Film Festival’s jury for the main competition:

  • Pedro Almodóvar, Spanish director and screenwriter (President).
  • Maren Ade, German director.
  • Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress.
  • Park Chan-wook, South Korean director.
  • Jessica Chastain, American actress and producer.
  • Agnès Jaoui, French actress and director.
  • Will Smith, American actor and producer.
  • Paolo Sorrentino, Italian director.
  • Gabriel Yared, French-Lebanese composer.

Here is the full list of winners, the reactions and the thoughts about the results of this year’s Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or: Ruben Östlund – The Square.

The critics in Cannes Film Festival generally liked the movie, but they expected a surprise from Pedro Almodovar this year.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said:

“What’s perhaps most impressive about Ostlund’s evolving style as a filmmaker and social commentator is his compulsion to enrich every scene he creates with a multitude of tones and nuances across the serio-comic spectrum. He’s like a virtuoso chef driven to try increasingly wild combinations of spices and ingredients; often the result is terrific, once in a while it’s too much.”

And after the announcement IndieWire ‘s Anne Thompson said:

“Surprise! Ruben Ostlund’s The Square wins Cannes Festival Palme d’Or. I quite liked it, but along with many critics felt it needed an edit.”

Grand Prix: Robin Campillo – 120 Beats Per Minute.

Tthe AIDS activism drama 120 Beats Per Minute was hailed at the Cannes Film Festival and was a major contender for Palme d’Or.

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn said:

“While hardly groundbreaking filmmaking, the movie’s familiar trajectory displays a patient approach to exploring the movement across a leisurely two hours and 20 minutes, sometimes to the detriment of the soulful material at its core. Nevertheless, assembling the story out of small moments and gripping exchanges, Campillo grounds this earnest drama in a sense of purpose,”

 “While 120 Beats Per Second never quite takes off into the emotional intensity suggested by the material, it nevertheless arrives at a powerful raison d’être, with layers of its ecosystem slowly assembling until a fully defined revolt reveals itself. The finale is a masterstroke of editing, as Campillo merges lively dance floor action and activist antics until they blur together as one. It’s a brilliant cap to a movie fixated on one point above all — no matter the desperation of this battlefield, the communal bonds ensure that the party rages on.”

Jury Prize: Andrey Zvyagintsev – Loveless.

Loveless had the most positive reviews from critics more than any other film in this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition.

The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin said:

“The script, co-written by Zvyagintsev and his regular collaborator Oleg Negin, scrupulously extends to each of its characters the dignity of complexity, and both excellent leads repay the favour tenfold, investing what could have easily been petit-bourgeois caricatures – the preening shrew, the oafish office drone – with riveting sincerity and nuance.”

Best Director: Sofia Coppola – The Beguiled.

Sofia Coppola is now the second female filmmaker in the history of Cannes Film Festival to win Best Director Prize. Yuliya Solntseva is the first woman to have taken the honor since 1961 for her film The Story of the Flaming Years. 

Via written statement, Sofia Coppola said:

“Thank you to the jury for this honor… Thank you to my father, who taught me about writing and directing and for sharing his love of cinema, and to my mother for encouraging me to be an artist,”

“Thank you to Jane Campion for being a role model and supporting women filmmakers.”

Jane Campion remains the only female director to win Cannes big prize Palme d’Or, and earlier this week, in an interview with Vulture, Campion said:

“Too long! Twenty-four years! And before that, there was no one. It’s insane. And I’m really annoyed that the director-ess from Toni Erdmann didn’t win last time. I thought, ‘Finally, a buddy’. No. No! There’s no more guys winning. That’s it. It’s just going to be women winning from now on.”

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here.

Phoenix was a major contender for Best Actor alongside Robert Pattinson (Good Time), Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories).

And about Phoenix’s performance, CineVue’s John Bleasdale said:

“Over the years, Phoenix has given us some of the most memorable portraits of dark flawed men from Commodus to Johnny Cash. Here, he is excellent, utterly convincing as a man who has been hammered by the world and so has decided to hammer it back.”

Best Actress: Diane Kruger – In the Fade.

Upon accepting the prize, Diane Kruger thanked In the Fade director Fatih Akin.

“Fatih, my brother, thank you for taking a chance on me… you gave me strength that I didn’t know I had in me,”

 “I cannot accept this award without thinking about anyone who has ever been [impacted] by an act of terrorism, [people who are] trying to pick up the pieces and go on living. Please know that you are not forgotten. Thank you.”

About Kruger’s performance, Variety’s Jay Weissberg said:

“Diane Kruger’s powerhouse performance in her first German-language production goes a long way toward compensating for the narrative’s dip into overly crystalline waters.”

Best Screenplay: (Tie) Yorgos Lanthimos – The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here.

At the announcement Pedro Almodóvar said:

“We have our first surprise of the night”

The Killing of a Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here both won Best Screenplay.

Camera d’Or: Léonor Sérraille – Jeune Femme.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Boyd van Hoeij said about Léonor winning the award for best debut film:

“It is clear that Serraille has made a portrait of a very specific individual but that she’s also saying something more general about her own generation.”

Short Film Palme d’Or: Qiu Yang – A Gentle Night.

The second award of the ceremony was hosted by Uma Thurman and Cristian Mungiu.

Qiu Yang took the prize for her short film A Gentle Night.

Special 70th Anniversary Award: Nicole Kidman.

Kidman, who had three films and a TV miniseries (The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and Top of the Lake: China Girl), said in a video statement:

“I am absolutely devastated to not be with you tonight… the whole experience of last week feels like a dream, actually… thank you to the jury led by Pedro. Thank you so much for honoring my work and the films and I’m blessed to have this job. I’m incredibly grateful to Yorgos Lanthimos, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, John Cameron Mitchell,”

“I also want to say thank you to the festival for existing. Thank you… for making me a part of your story after so many years. Watching the 70th celebration the other night was amazing… so to be a part of this I’m eternally grateful, and I’m sad that I’m not there.”


Here are the rest of this year’s Cannes Film Festival winners:

Un Certain Regard winners: 

  • Un Certain Regard Prize: Mohammad Rasoulof – A Man of Integrity.
  • Best Actress: Jasmine Trinca – Fortunata.
  • Best Poetic Narrative: Mathieu Amalric – Barbara.
  • Best Direction: Taylor Sheridan – Wind River.
  • Jury Prize: Michel Franco – April’s Daughter.

International Critics Week winners:

  • Nespresso Grand Prize: Emmanuel Gras – Makala.
  • France 4 Visionary Award: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa – Gabriel and the Mountain.
  • Leica Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film: Laura Ferrés – Los Desheredados.
  • Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa – Gabriel and the Mountain.
  • SACD Award: Léa Mysius – Ava.
  • Canal+ Award: Aleksandra Terpińska – The Best Fireworks.

Director’s Fortnight winners:

  • Art Cinema Award: Chloé Zhao – The Rider.
  • SACD Award: Claire Denis – Let the Sunshine In, Philippe Garrel – Lover for a Day.
  • Europa Cinemas Label Award: Jonas Carpignano – A Ciambra.
  • Illy Prize for Short Film: Benoit Grimalt – Back to Genoa City.



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