5 Unforgettable Moments At This Year’s Cannes Film Festival

Sofia Coppola becomes second woman ever to win Best Director, the cinema-vs-online-streaming debate and more

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Awards have been dished out, bags are packed and everyone has flown out of Cannes to continue with their lives as the 70th Cannes Film Festival draws to a close.

But there are key moments from the festival worth reminiscing.

The star-studded jury, which saw Pedro Almodovar as President this year, included American actor Will Smith, French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared, South Korean director Park Chan-wook, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, French actress Agnes Jaoui, American actress Jessica Chastain and German director Maren Ade.

Unexpectedly, The Square directed by Ruben Östlund won the coveted Palm d'Or, said to be the French equivalent of the Oscars Best Picture award.

Other entries for the grand prize included The Beguilded, Wonderstruck, In The Fade, 120 Beats Per Minute, Okja and You Were Never Really Here.

The Cannes Film Festival is where all the biggest directors, actors, and fans alike gather to celebrate the beauty of cinema.

Here are five controversies and highlights you may have missed:

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2. Jessica Chastain speaks about female representation in movies

Jessica Chastain, who was part of this year’s juror at Cannes, gave her two cents on how female characters were portrayed in the movies.

The American actress and film producer shared that she was very disturbed at how the world views women, as represented in the films viewed over the span of the festival.

With more female storytellers coming on board, she believes they will be more proactive with their own agencies instead of simply reacting to the men around them.

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