Irish film grabs 'best screenplay' prize at Cannes
Irish film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' has picked up one of two Best Screenplay awards at the Cannes Film Festival.
In an unexpected move, the jury handed out two Best Screenplay gongs - one for 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' and another for 'You Were Never Really Here'.
The former film is a psychological thriller and follows on from the success of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' 2015 movie 'The Lobster'.
Co-produced by Dublin-based film company Element Pictures and starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, the film picked up rave reviews on the French Riviera.
'Love/Hate' actor Barry Keoghan received the most praise for his role in the movie. Speaking with the Irish Independent last night, producer Ed Guiney said he was "absolutely delighted" with the result.
Unfortunately, it missed out on the Palme d'Or, which went to Ruben Östlund's provocative satire 'The Square'.
Diane Kruger was named best actress and Joaquin Phoenix best actor at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Kruger was honoured for her performance in Fatih Akin's 'In the Fade'.
She told the audience she was "overcome".
Kruger said: "Thank you a thousand times."
Phoenix was recognised for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller 'You Were Never Really Here'.
He played a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring.