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Jurors: Pedro Almodóvar (president), Maren Ade, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Will Smith, Gabriel Yared
 

 
Palme d'Or:The Square, Sweden, dir. Ruben Östlund
Grand Jury Prize:BPM (Beats Per Minute), France, dir. Robin Campillo
Jury Prize: Loveless, Russia, dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev
Best Director:The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola
Best Actress:In the Fade, Diane Kruger
Best Actor:You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix
Best Screenplay:The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay
FIPRESCI/International
    Critics Prize:
BPM (Beats Per Minute), France, dir. Robin Campillo
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury:Radiance, Japan, dir. Naomi Kawase
Caméra d'Or (first feature):Montparnasse Bienvenue, France, Léonor Sérraille



Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
 
My Palme d'Or
Good Time (USA, dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie) - As immersions in sordid dead ends go, this one's formally electrifying. Sound, edits, lighting, Pattinson all virtuosic.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (France, dir. Robin Campillo) - Loving, detailed tribute to ACT-UP Paris in early 90s. Narrows focus over time; short on style. Still, moving.

The Square (Sweden, dir. Ruben Östlund) - I prefer Östlund's scene-building to his image-making or storytelling. Fits and starts, but flashes of wit and lucidity.

The Beguiled (USA, dir. Sofia Coppola) - Why should every Rorschach test come in stark black and white? Period pastels, speckled with blood, work just as well.

In the Fade (Germany, dir. Fatih Akin) - If it feels sterner, tighter, and less hopeful than The Edge of Heaven, so does the world. Kruger rewards Akin's trust.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Ireland/UK/USA, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos) - Combo of dread and weird humor takes chops to sustain, but to what end? First Lanthimos I find hollow.

The Day After (South Korea, dir. Hong Sang-soo) - Right then, wrong now. Most Hongs are similar and many are good but, Kim Min-hee aside, I got very little from this.

Happy End (France/Germany/Austria, dir. Michael Haneke) - Haneke's Broken Embraces or Boarding Gate, a palpably half-inspired work, recycling old tropes, stalling a major career.



Sidebar Selections I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
 
Western (Director's Fortnight; Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, dir. Valeska Grisebach) - Genius intervention into its titular genre—narratively, spatially, and politically—but sublimely achieves its own identity.

Patti Cake$ (Directors' Fortnight; USA, dir. Geremy Jasper) - Hairspray and Tangerine, scratched by a new and creative DJ. Hadn't imagined this America, but loved and believed it.

The Nothing Factory (Directors' Fortnight; Portugal, dir. Pedro Pinho) - Rides a line between encapsulating hard truths for our era and expostulating on ideas most viewers already get.

An Inconvenient Sequel (Special Screenings; USA, dirs. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk) - Still a sticky wicket making this about everyone or about Gore but even when it's slick it's clearly urgent.

Wind River (Un Certain Regard; USA, dir. Taylor Sheridan) - Muscular filmmaking, sharp acting, but at heart sells a hoary thesis about a place and a people. Lense is mostly white.

The Summit (Un Certain Regard; Argentina, dir. Santiago Mitre) - Feels episodic and surface-bound at first but this may be strategic for a film about deep, still waters. Still, TV-ish.

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Directors' Fortnight; Indonesia, dir. Mouly Surya) - Neither as fun nor as nervy as the setup allows. Has ideas but hews mostly to imitative surface.



Films in the Main Competition:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
 
A Gentle Creature, Ukraine, dir. Sergei Loznitsa
You Were Never Really Here, UK, dir. Lynne Ramsay
Wonderstruck, USA, dir. Todd Haynes
Loveless, Russia, dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev
Double Lover, France, dir. François Ozon
Okja, South Korea/USA, dir. Bong Joon-ho
Redoubtable, France, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), USA, dir. Noah Baumbach
Radiance, Japan/France, dir. Naomi Kawase
Rodin, France/Belgium, dir. Jacques Doillon
Jupiter's Moon, Hungary, dir. Kornél Mundruczó



Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically; click names of sidebars for more titles (in a new window)
 
Un Certain Regard: After the War, France, dir. Annarita Zambrano
April's Daughter, Mexico, dir. Michel Franco
Barbara, France, dir. Mathieu Amalric
Beauty and the Dogs, Tunisia/France, dir. Kaouther Ben Hania
Before We Vanish, Japan, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Closeness, Russia, dir. Kantemir Balagov
Directions, Bulgaria, dir. Stephan Komandarev
Fortunata, Italy, dir. Sergio Castellitto
A Man of Integrity, Iran, dir. Mohammad Rasoulof
Montparnasse Bienvenue, France, dir. Léonor Sérraille
The Workshop, France, dir. Laurent Cantet
Directors' Fortnight: A Ciambra, Italy, dir. Jonas Carpignano
The Florida Project, USA, dir. Sean Baker
Frost, Lithuania, dir. Sharunas Bartas
I Am Not a Witch, , dir. Rungano Nyoni
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, France, dir. Bruno Dumont
Let the Sun Shine In, France, dir. Claire Denis
Lover for a Day, France, dir. Philippe Garrel
The Rider, USA, dir. Chloé Zhao
West of the Jordan River, Israel, dir. Amos Gitai
Critics' Week: Ava, France, dir. Léa Mysius
Brigsby Bear, USA, dir. Dave McCary
La Familia, Venezuela, dir. Gustavo Rondón Cordóva
Gabriel and the Mountain, Brazil/France, dir. Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa
Makala, France, dir. Emmanuel Gras
Oh, Lucy!, Japan/USA, dir. Atsuko Hirayanagi
Los Perros, Chile/France, dir. Marcela Said
Sicilian Ghost Story, Italy, dirs. Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza
Tehran Taboo, Iran, dir. Ali Soozandeh
Out of Competition: 12 Days, France, dir. Raymond Depardon
Blade of the Immortal, Japan, dir. Takashi Miike
Claire's Camera, South Korea/France, dir. Hong Sang-soo
Faces Places, France, dirs. Agnès Varda and JR
Flesh and Sand, Mexico, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu
Golden Years, France, dir. André Téchiné
How to Talk to Girls at Parties, USA, dir. John Cameron Mitchell
Ismael's Ghosts, France, dir. Arnaud Desplechin
Sea Sorrow, UK, dir. Vanessa Redgrave
They, USA, dir. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Top of the Lake: China Girl, Austrlia, dirs. Jane Campion and Ariel Kleiman
The Venerable W., France/Belgium, dir. France/Belgium
The Villainess, South Korea, dir. Jung Byung-gil

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