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Sofia Coppola wins Best Director at Cannes 2017

The last woman to win Best Director at Cannes was Yuliya Solntseva in 1961 for The Story of the Flaming Years.  

Sofia Coppola won for The Beguiled. She was not able to attend the awards ceremony, but sent a speech which was read by director and Cannes jury member Maren Ade, in which she gave special thanks to writer/director Jane Campion for being a role model. 

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I was on the beach yesterday and I was walking and a gentleman came up to me and said ‘are you here for the conference for the festival?’ and I said yeah I am. He said ‘are you an advertiser?’ and I said no I’m a performer, I’m here to talk to a group of females CEO’s because I’m a very young female CEO. And he said ‘um… you don’t look like a CEO to me, you are not what I really picture when I picture a CEO’ and so I said well I’m very happy I get to change that!

2017 Cannes Film Festival Winners
  • Palme d’Or: “The Square”
  • Grand Prix: “Beats Per Minute (BPM)”
  • Jury Prize: “Loveless”
  • Best Actress: Diane Kruger, “In the Fade”
  • Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”
  • Best Director: Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled”
  • Best Screenplay: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “You Were Never Really Here” (tie)
  • Camera d’Or: “Jeune Femme/Montparnasse Bienvenue,” directed by Leonor Serraille
  • 70th Anniversary Prize: Nicole Kidman
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: “Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night),” directed by Qiu Yang
  • Queer Palm (Feature): “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” Robin Campillo
  • Queer Palm (Short): “Islands,” Yann Gonzalez