Sofia Coppola was the big winner of the Cannes Film Festival 2017 as she picked up the award for Best Director for The Beguiled. In doing so, she made history as only the SECOND woman in the festival’s history to scoop the accolade. The first recipient was Yuliya Solntseva, the Soviet filmmaker of 1961’s The Chronicle of Flaming Years.
The last time Coppola was in contention for the award was in 2006, when she brought Marie Antoinette to the festival. The film was largely panned both by critics and movie goers, and so many believe her victory this year is extra special.
As Coppola was not on hand to collect the award herself, a pre-written speech was read out to those present at the ceremony. In it, Coppola thanked Jane Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or, for “being a role model and supporting women filmmakers.”
The Beguiled, a feminist adaptation of the 1971 film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood, which features Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst among its cast, has already been widely praised by critics and is set for release in selected US cinemas on June 23rd.
A full list of the other films/stars that picked up awards at the ceremony can be found below.
Palme d’Or: The Square
Grand Prix: Beats Per Minute (BPM)
Jury Prize: Loveless
Best Actress: Diane Kruger, In the Fade
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
Best Screenplay: The Killing of a Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here (tie)
Camera d’Or: Jeune Femme/Montparnasse Bienvenue (directed by Leonor Serraille)
70th Anniversary Prize: Nicole Kidman
Short Film Palme d’Or: Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night), directed by Qiu Yang
Queer Palm (Feature): BPM (Beats Per Minute), Robin Campillo
Queer Palm (Short): Islands, Yann Gonzalez