Monday 23 October 2017

Sofia Coppola scoops Cannes Best Director prize for The Beguiled

The film stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning

(From L) US director Sofia Coppola, US actress Kirsten Dunst and US actress Elle Fanning pose as they leave on May 24, 2017 following the screening of the film 'The Beguiled' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
(From L) US director Sofia Coppola, US actress Kirsten Dunst and US actress Elle Fanning pose as they leave on May 24, 2017 following the screening of the film 'The Beguiled' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst at the screening of ‘The Beguiled’ in Cannes. Image: AP Photo/Thibault Camus
US actress Kirsten Dunst (C) cries as she arrives along with US actress Elle Fanning (L) and US director Sofia Coppola on May 24, 2017 for the screening of the film 'The Beguiled' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Director Sofia Coppola (L) and actor Colin Farrell at CinemaCon 2017- Focus Features: Celebrating 15 Years and a Bright Future at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on March 29, 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

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.

Cast members Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and pose at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
Cast members Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning and pose at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell in The Beguiled

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

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