Written on 9th June 2017

Cannes Film Festival 2017: Who were the winners?  

And so the curtain has finally fallen on the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival – rich in screenings and events – which brought together the cream of the film world in the French Riviera from the 17th to the 28th May 2017.

Spending 12 days watching movies in Cannes is, for film lovers, pretty much close to paradise but it’s not all fun and games.

The Appointment Group Global Film and Media attended the annual international event. From photo calls, to premieres and screenings, we had the opportunity to watch some amazing films in what could be one of the best years in movie-making.

The event came to an end on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, where Mistress of Ceremonies Monica Bellucci welcomed the Feature Film Jury presided by Pedro Almodóvar to announce the 2017 prize-winners. This year's Palme d’Or was screened at the end of the prize-giving ceremony to close the Festival.

‘The Square’ is a Swedish satirical directed by Director Ruben Östlund with Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Terry Notary. The film is about publicity surrounding an art installation, and was partly inspired by an installation Östlund had made. It was shot in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Berlin.

Another highlight was seeing Sofia Coppola winning the Best Director award for ‘The Beguiled’: she is only the second female director in the festival’s 70-year history to win the award.

Coppola’s film, an adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s Civil War novel about a wounded Union officer who is found by the residents of an all-girls boarding school, stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell.

Nicole Kidman also received a special award in honour of the festival’s 70th anniversary; she appeared in four films that screened at Cannes this year, two of which were in competition.

Other award winners included Diane Kruger as Best Actress in ‘In the Fade’ and Joaquin Phoenix as Best Actor in ‘You Were Never Really Here’.

This year’s feature films jury was headed by Writer/ Director Pedro Almodóvar and included Writer/ Director Maren Ade, Actress Jessica Chastain, Actress Fan Bingbing, Actress/ Writer/ Director/ Singer Agnès Jaoui, Writer/ Director Park Chan-Wook, Actor/ Singer Will Smith, Writer/ Director Paolo Sorrentino, and Composer Gabriel Yared.

Here is the full list of the feature film winners in competition:

  • PALME D'OR

THE SQUARE directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND
The Palme d'or was awarded by Juliette Binoche and Pedro Almodóvar.

  • 70th ANNIVERSARY AWARD

Nicole KIDMAN
The 70th Anniversary Award was awarded by Will Smith.

  • GRAND PRIX

120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute) directed by Robin CAMPILLO
The Grand Prix was awarded by Costa-Gavras and Agnès Jaoui.

  • BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE

Sofia COPPOLA for THE BEGUILED
The Best Director Prize was awarded by Fan BingBing and Gabriel Yared.

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Joaquin PHOENIX in YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE directed by Lynne RAMSAY
The Best Performance by an Actor Prize was awarded by Jessica Chastain.

  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Diane KRUGER in AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade) directed by Fatih AKIN
The Best Performance by an Actress Prize was awarded by Irène Jacob and Paolo Sorrentino.

  • JURY PRIZE

NELYUBOV (Loveless) directed by Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV
The Jury Prize was awarded by Maren Ade and Guillaume Gallienne.

  • BEST SCREENPLAY EX-ÆQUO

Yorgos LANTHIMOS and Efthimis FILIPPOU for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Lynne RAMSAY for YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
The Best Screenplay Prize was awarded by Marisa Paredes and Park Chan-wook.

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