A movie filmed in Cincinnati past year won an award over the weekend at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, who headed the jury of nine people that included Hollywood stars Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, said the film was about "the dictatorship of being politically correct".
In her first film role in her native German, Hollywood star and former model Diane Kruger swapped her usually glamorous image to play a mother who vows revenge after her ethnic Kurdish husband and son are killed in a neo-Nazi attack.
Phoenix was recognized for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller "You Were Never Really Here", playing a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring.
The director said that it was hard for him to avoid some parallels with the situation in Ukraine "This metaphor acts like a background".
Swedish director Ruben Östlund poses on stage with his trophy after winning the Palme d'Or for his film "The Square" on May 28, 2017 during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
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Jane Campion, who won the Palme d'Or for 1993's "The Piano", told Vulture in an interview that the lack of female filmmaker representation among the top winners was "insane".
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"I can not accept this award without thinking about anyone who has ever been affected by an act of terrorism and who is trying to pick up the pieces and go on living after having lost everything", the actress said. The film opened the Cannes film competition program and received the highest score from Screen's critics.
The jury awarded two screenplay awards this year, for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and "You Were Never Really Here".
Campillo's movie centres on the activist group ACT UP in Paris in the 1990s during the AIDS crisis.
Meanwhile, the much in news Netflix didn't make it, neither with Bong Joon-ho's Okja nor with Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories. It's lack of success should have come as no surprise, given that Almodovar said at the start of the festival that the Palme d'Or should not go a movie that would not be given a theatrical release.