Who'll win? Cannes gears up for Palme d'Or prize night

The second prize has a purse of 11,250 euro (approximately Rs 8 lakh)."We wish there are borders and no restrictions all over the world", said the filmmakers while accepting the award.The third prize went to "Two Youths Died" by Tommado Usberti, a student of the prestigious La Femis film school in Paris. "It's amusing. It deals with questions so important", said French actress and filmmaker Agnes Jaoui, a member of the jury that also included Americans Will Smith and Jessica Chastain.

Renowned Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev has been awarded the jury prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival for his drama, "Loveless" ('Nelyubov').

Sofia Coppola has won the Cannes Film Festival best director prize for "The Beguiled", her remake of Don Siegel's 1971 Civil War drama.

The third prize won Usberti a cash prize of 7,500 euro (approximately Rs 5.4 lakh)."I never received an worldwide award for any of my short films", said Cinefondation jury head and Romanian director Cristian Mungiu.

The film tracks a war veteran's attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring, although his rescue mission goes horribly wrong.

Almodovar said: "We did our work".

The Cannes Film Festival jury has awarded its coveted Palme d'Or award to Ruben Ostlund's "The Square".

Opening the ceremony, jury president Uma Thurman said, "We feel enormous gratitude to have had the honor of serving on the Jury for this historic 70th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes".

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The actor wore sneakers on stage as he collected the prize.

Kidman wasn't at the French Rivera ceremony, but sent a video message from Nashville, saying she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the show.

Clutching the scroll he had just been awarded, Rasoulof said he hoped the prize would make things easier for him to make films in Iran.

He apologized for his appearance, saying the prize was "totally unexpected". Last year, the Cinefondation section had "Gudh", a short film from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, directed by Saurav Rai.The 13-minute-long "Afternoon Clouds" tells the story of an afternoon at the home of a 60-year-old widow in Mumbai.

The film's docu-drama retelling of that painful period, combined with a burgeoning spirit of unity for the gay community, earned it some of the best reviews of the festival.

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs". Almodovar has made clear that he doesn't want the Palme d'Or, the festival's top prize, to go to a movie that isn't shown on big screens.

Regarded as cinema's most prestigious festival, Cannes is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Rasoulof, 45, took best director in the same competition six years ago for "Goodbye" while he was in jail.

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