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Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d'Or

Dominic West and Terry Notary in The Square Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d'Or

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Art world satire The Square, directed by Ruben Ostlund, has won top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Swedish title was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, in the 70th year of the festival on the French Riviera.

Critics had named French Aids drama 120 BPM, bleak Russian epic Loveless and heist thriller Good Time as the favourites to lift the trophy.

The jury was chaired by Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar.

The Square stars Claes Bang as an art gallery chief, with British actor Dominic West and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss in supporting roles.

'Tough choice'

British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay was the joint winner of best screenplay for You Were Never Really Here, an honour shared with Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for Ramsay's film, in which he plays a private contractor sent to rescue a young girl from a paedophile ring, while Diane Kruger won the best actress award for In the Fade.

The best director award went to Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled, a drama about an injured soldier taken in by a girls' boarding school during the American Civil War. It stars Nicole Kidman as the headmistress, and the Australian actress was given a 70th anniversary award

Jury members included Men in Black star Will Smith, The Help actress Jessica Chastain, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, Chinese star Fan Bingbing, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and German director Maren Ade.

Almodovar, ahead of announcing the decision, admitted it had been a "tough" choice, but was "completely democratic", with jury members "defending their positions".

Chastain added she was "so inspired" by what she had seen and it had been tricky to choose between such good films, while Smith said it had been a "spectacular" experience.

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