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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.