Top Cannes awards go to ‘The Square,’ Joaquin Phoenix, Diane Kruger

SHARE Top Cannes awards go to ‘The Square,’ Joaquin Phoenix, Diane Kruger

Swedish director Ruben Ostlund (center) poses with two actors from his movie “The Square,” Dominic West (left) and Claes Bang, before a screening of the film May 20, 2017, at the Cannes International Film Festival. | LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded its coveted Palme d’Or award to Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square.”

“Oh my god! OK,” the Swedish filmmaker exclaimed Sunday after he bounded onto the stage to collect the prize.

He led the crowd in a cheer, too.

Ostlund previously won the Jury Prize in the 2014 festival’s Un Certain Regard section for “Force Majeure.”

In “The Square,” Claes Bang plays the curator of an art museum, who sets up an installation inviting passers-by to altruism. But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the respected father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations.

Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West co-star.

Diane Kruger was named best actress at the festival, with Joaquin Phoenix honored as best actor .

Kruger, cited for her performance in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” told the star-studded audience she was “overcome.” Kruger said. “Thank you a thousand times.”

Phoenix, in Lynne Ramsay’s thriller “You Were Never Really Here,” plays a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring.

Phoenix wore sneakers on stage as he collected the prize. He said his leather shoes had been flown ahead of him.

He apologized for his appearance, saying the prize was “totally unexpected.”

Sofia Coppola won the best director prize for “The Beguiled,” her remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 Civil War drama. It is scheduled to open in Chicago sometime in June.

The Latest
The store had been in limbo for the better part of two years, amid Amazon’s re-examination of its grocery business.
Its two LED video-screen towers, designed by Spanish architect Jaume Plensa, showcase more than 1,000 faces that portray the city’s diverse cultural makeup. We spoke with some of those whose faces millions of people a year still see.
Jurors convicted Raekwon Drake of second-degree murder, rejecting a more serious first-degree murder charge after the defense said Drake “was acting under a sudden and intense passion due to being seriously provoked.”
The tackle football team shut down in 2017 but lives on in a tattoo that the former quarterback says represents all that the city gave her.
Mighty actor plays a mercurial judge whose death puts his adult children in danger in disappointing MGM+ adaptation of the bestselling novel.