The 70th anniversary edition of Cannes Film Festival closed its doors on Sunday 28 May after revealing its winners. Amongst the films receiving honours, three were co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Ruben Östlund’s “The Square” was crowned with Palme d’Or, while “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” won Best Screenplay Prize (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou), ex-aequo “You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay). In the section Un Certain Regard, “Barbara” directed by Mathieu Amalric, was awarded the Prize for Best Poetic Narrative.

Film still from The Square

The Square (Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark) is an art-world satire that tells the story of a father respected for his human values and the quality of his work in a Swedish contemporary art museum, but whose principles are shaken by a profound existential crisis. The President of the Jury, the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, said the “contemporary" film it’s about "the dictatorship of being politically correct".

This is the third year in a row that a film supported by Creative Europe MEDIA receives the prestigious Palme d’Or after “I, Daniel Blake” in 2016 and “Dheepan” in 2015. “The Square” was supported by Creative Europe MEDIA through EUR 47.000 financial support for its distribution across Europe.

“The Killing of a sacred Deer” (Ireland/UK), awarded with Best Screenplay, was supported at the earliest stages of its development (including for script writing) through EUR 58.000 of financial support, and at the distribution stage through an additional EUR 179.000.

Ed Guiney, producer of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, spoke about the story behind the film and the role of MEDIA in supporting films at one of the showcases organised at the Creative Europe MEDIA stand in Cannes: “I think what we’ve built through MEDIA of the last 20 years is a real strong community, real strong cross community of filmmakers and people who want to work together, and it’s so important to preserve that, so important for our Culture, and for our future.”

A special 70th anniversary Prize went to Nicole Kidman, who featured in four projects in this year’s official selection, including in the competition film “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”.

In total 20 films screened at the Festival had been developed or distributed with support of more than EUR 1.6 m. from the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

See also previous MEDIA-supported films awarded at Cannes since 1991.