Sofia Coppola scoops Cannes Best Director prize for The Beguiled
The film stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning
Sofia Coppola has won the prestigious Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for The Beguiled.
She is only the second female director to be awarded the prize with the first being Yuliya Solntseva who won in 1961 for Chronicles of Flaming Years.
The film stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and opens in Ireland on July 14.
Farrell plays a wounded Union army solider who is taken in by the women at a Seminary for Young Ladies and juggles their affections.
"I was thrilled to get this movie made and it's such an exciting start to be honored in Cannes. I'm thankful to my great team and incredible cast and to Focus and Universal for their support of women's voices in film," she said.
Here is the full list of winners at Cannes 2017.
Palme d’Or: Ruben Östlund – The Square
Gran Prix: Robin Campillo – 120 Beats Per Minute
Jury Prize: Andrey Zvyagintsev – Loveless
Best Director: Sofia Coppola – The Beguiled
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix – You Were Never Really Here
Best Actress: Diane Kruger – In the Fade
Best Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos – The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
Camera d’Or: Léonor Sérraille – Jeune Femme
Short Film Palme d’Or: Qiu Yang – A Gentle Night
Special 70th Anniversary Award: Nicole Kidman
2017 Un Certain Regard winners:
Un Certain Regard Prize: Mohammad Rasoulof – A Man of Integrity
Best Actress: Jasmine Trinca – Fortunata
Best Poetic Narrative: Mathieu Amalric – Barbara
Best Direction: Taylor Sheridan – Wind River
Jury Prize: Michel Franco – April’s Daughter
2017 International Critics Week winners:
Nespresso Grand Prize: Emmanuel Gras – Makala
France 4 Visionary Award: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa – Gabriel and the Mountain
Leica Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film: Laura Ferrés – Los Desheredados
Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa – Gabriel and the Mountain
SACD Award: Léa Mysius – Ava
Canal+ Award: Aleksandra Terpińska – The Best Fireworks
2017 Director’s Fortnight winners:
Art Cinema Award: Chloé Zhao – The Rider
SACD Award: Claire Denis – Let the Sunshine In, Philippe Garrel – Lover for a Day
Europa Cinemas Label Award: Jonas Carpignano – A Ciambra
Illy Prize for Short Film: Benoit Grimalt – Back to Genoa City