Almodovar: Cannes deliberations went 'very fast'

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After 10 days of films, frocks and fizz, the 70th Cannes Film Festival is coming to an end.

The prestigious Palme d'Or went to Ruben Östlund for his new film The Square, starring Elisabeth Moss.

Mexican family drama "April's Daughters" won the runner-up Jury Prize in the section, which showcases more edgy, up-and-coming directors than Cannes' main competition. Early on, Christian meets with a group of eager marketing experts who can't figure out how to sell the show to a broader audience.

On May 28, Sofia Coppola won the Best Director prize for her film The Beguiled at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Sofia Coppola also has a shot with "The Beguiled", in which Kidman dominates the screen as head of a school for gentile young ladies in the American Civil War and whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of an injured Yankee soldier.

Although the often hilarious film which sends up political correctness was well received, even director Ruben Ostlund was shocked by the award, shouting: "Oh my God, oh my God!" Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Actor for "You Were Never Really Here".

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup mesdames et messieurs". Nicole said, "I'm turning 50 this year and I've never had more work than right now". 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.

Smith was bubbly as ever, saying: "I'm ecstatic".

Similarly, Diane Kruger's first German-language production (Fatih Akin's In The Fade) was deemed the Jury's Best Actress prize.

Other jury members included directors Joachim Lafosse and Mohamed Diab, actor Reda Kateb and Karlovy Vary festival director Karel Och.

The highlight of the film, by Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund, is a dinner for the museum's well-to-do patrons, with a performance artist leaping from table impersonating an ape in a weird, tense and ultimately violent scene. Jessica Chastain shared her distressing take.

Almodóvar told a French BFM television reporter who managed to squeeze a few words out of him that the award deliberations Sunday were "very fast".

The most important element for Li in movies is the story.

Coppola's win not withstanding, the number of female filmmakers represented at the festival this year left quite a bit to be desired. The latter took the Grand Prix while Sweden's two-hours and twenty minute socio-political comedy The Square shockingly pulled ahead for the festival's top prize.

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