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Americans take top prizes at Cannes

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 01:08

Sofia Coppola and Joaquin Phoenix get top honors at the Cannes Film Festival, winning 'Best Director' and 'Best Actor' respectively. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival coming to a close Sunday, with Americans leading the charge. Sofia Coppola snagging the Best Director award for 'The Beguiled' - a female-driven adaptation of a U.S. Civil War story starring Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst. Coppola becoming only the second woman ever to win the directing honor. A stunned Joaquin Phoenix accepting the Best Actor award for his role in "You Were Never Really Here"… and Diane Kruger winning Best Actress for "In the Fade" - her first starring role in her native tongue of German. Cannes not leaving out its own -- French drama '120 Beats per minute," about the early days of the AIDS crisis, winning the Grand Prix… While the controversial Swedish satire "The Square" took the top prize, the Palme d'or. This year's jury including Pedro Almodovar, Will Smith and Jessica Chastain, who screened 19 films for the competition. ##

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Americans take top prizes at Cannes

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 01:08