The best films to come out of Cannes Film Festival 2017
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The Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday with what is seen as one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in film. The week and a half long festival saw 19 films nominated for the Palme d’Or, all of which were of excellent quality. With that being said, some stood out more than others. Here’s a look at four stand-out films to come out of Cannes this year. The Square Starting with the winner of the Palme d’Or: The Square. Directed by Ruben Östlund the film is a satirical drama about the publicity that arises around an art installation in the Stockholm Palace, which, in the film, has been converted into an art museum. Starring the likes of Dominic West and Elizabeth Moss, the film has been praised for its depiction of the “decadence of the contemporary art world.” It follows museum curator Christian, played by Claes Bang, who, after having his phone and wallet stolen, sets in motion events that lead to his professional downfall. The film is darkly humorous and although it was the unexpected winner of Cannes' top prize, the jury made up of the likes of Pedro Almadóvar and Will Smith chose it as the festival's best film. Almadóvar said that The Square accurately depicted “the dictatorship of being politically correct”. Loveless The film that many believed would win the Palme d’Or was Russian director Andrey Zvyaginstev’s Loveless. The film follows a Russian couple in Moscow who are in the midst of a bitter divorce when their 12-year-old son Alyosha (Matvey Nokivov) disappears. The police, who believe the boy has run away, leave the broken couple to form their own search party in an attempt to find their son. The film’s characters, particularly Alyosha’s mother, Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) are shown to be selfish, vain and obsessed with social status.
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