Kruger, Phoenix, Coppola take home top accolades at Cannes
Valery HACHE (AFP)
The Cannes Film Festival wrapped with the doling of top accolades on Sunday, with German-born Hollywood star Diane Kruger winning best actress, US actor Joaquin Phoenix winning best actor, and Sofia Coppola scooping best director.
But it was the Swedish satire 'The Square' that took home the Festival's penultimate prize, the Palme d'Or.
Although the often hilarious film which sends up political correctness was well received, even director Ruben Ostlund was shocked by the award, shouting, "Oh my God, oh my God!"
Kruger took home the best actress award for her role in "In The Fade" as a mother who loses her family in a neo-Nazi attack.
Kruger said she was "overcome with emotion" as she accepted the prize, thanking the film's German-Turkish director Fatih Akin, whom she called her "brother".
Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for playing a psychologically damaged hitman in "You Were Never Really Here".
The outspoken vegetarian apologized for wearing trainers to the glitzy ceremony at the world's biggest festival, explaining to the crowd: "I don't wear leather."
And it was Coppola's star-studded remake of "The Beguiled" that earned her the best director prize.
Among others she thanked her father, the "Apocalypse Now" director Francis Ford Coppola, who she said "taught me writing and directing".
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