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‘The Square’ wins top prize at Cannes festival

CANNES, France — The movie “The Square” — a slick, diverting social commentary from Sweden that delivers a spanking to the bourgeoisie — was the surprise winner of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Ruben Ostlund, the movie had not been a critical favorite, but critics do not bestow the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest award. That job is left to the main-selection jury, which this year included five directors — two of them women — and was headed by Pedro Almodóvar.

Sofia Coppola became the second woman in the festival’s history to win best director at this auteurist temple. She won for “The Beguiled,” a remake of a Southern gothic, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and set during the Civil War. Onstage in the Lumière Theater, where the awards ceremony took place, the director Maren Ade, a juror, accepted the prize for an absent Coppola, who thanked her parents as well as the director Jane Campion for being “a role model and supporting women filmmakers.”

Robin Campillo’s “120 Beats Per Minute,” a French film about AIDS activists in the 1990s, won the grand prize (effectively second place). The Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev won the jury prize for “Loveless.” The screenwriting award went to both Yorgos Lanthimos, from Greece, for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and the British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay for “You Were Never Really Here.”

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