Cannes winners include “The Square” and Joaquin Phoenix

Yesterday, the Cannes Film Festival announced their award winners for 2017. As per the usual, they opted to cite some of the less feted titles, suggesting that what critics preferred was not necessarily what the jury found the most moving. In some ways, that’s Cannes in a nutshell, though no overtly reviled movies were given any awards this year. The flicks mentioned below mostly were the expected ones, though they popped up in different places than many thought, so there’s that. Don’t go expecting Oscar to take notice of most of these, but more on that at a later date. For now, a focus should be on the prize winners, and rightly so.

The big winner was The Square from Ruben Östlund, which took the Palme d’Or. Perhaps the biggest overall winner was Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, the only film to take multiple prizes. That flick took Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and tied in Best Screenplay for Ramsay, as that award also went to Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer. For the second time ever, a woman took the directing prize, as Sofia Coppola won for The Beguiled. Also of note, The Grand Prix went to 120 Beats per Minute, Actress went to Diane Kruger for In the Fade, Loveless took the Jury Prize, and a special citation was given to Nicole Kidman. Among the Un Certain Regard winners, Taylor Sheridan took an award for Directing for his directorial debut Wind River. Congrats to all, obviously.

In terms of how I did, prediction wise, putting them out before You Were Never Really Here premiered kind of shot me in the foot. I was right that 120 Beats per Minute would take one of the runner up prizes, but got the prize wrong. Likewise, I hit on Loveless, but not as the big winner. Technically, I had Kidman getting a prize like this, but the normal Actress one. So, not my best showing, but not my worst one either. Honestly, that’s just the nature of the beast here. Either later on this week or sometime next week I’ll probably take a look at if the Academy will be interested in any of these films, but until then, check out the winners and sit tight for more on them…

Here now are all of the Cannes Film Festival winners for 2017:


Palme d’Or: “The Square” (Ruben Östlund)

70th Anniversary Award: Nicole Kidman

Grand Prix: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (Robin Campillo)

Director: Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”

Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”

Actress: Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”

Jury Prize: “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Screenplay — TIE: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou) and “You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay)


Camera d’Or: “Jeune femme” (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe) (Léonor Serraille)

Short Films Palme d’Or: “Xiao Cheng Er Yue” (Qiu Yang)

Short Films Special Mention: “Katto” (Teppo Airaksinen)

Golden Eye Documentary Prize: “Faces Places” (Visages Villages) (Agnès Varda, JR)

Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Radiance” (Naomi Kawase)


Un Certain Regard Award: “A Man of Integrity,” Mohammad Rasoulof

Best Director: Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River”

Jury Prize: Michel Franco, “April’s Daughter”

Best Performance: Jasmine Trinca, “Fortunata”

Award for Poetry of Cinema: Mathieu Amalric, “Barbara”


Art Cinema Award: “The Rider” (Chloe Zhao)

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize — TIE: “Lover for a Day” (Philippe Garrel) and “Let the Sunshine In” (Claire Denis)

Europa Cinemas Label: “A Ciambra” (Jonas Carpignano)


Grand Prize: “Makala” (Emmanuel Gras)

Visionary Prize: “Gabriel and the Mountain” (Fellipe Barbosa)

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Ava” (Léa Mysius)


Competition: “BPM (Beats Per Minute)”

Un Certain Regard: “Closeness” (Kantemir Balagov)

Directors’ Fortnight: “The Nothing Factory” (Pedro Pinho)

Stay tuned to see how these Cannes winners translate to the awards season this year!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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