- Title: Cannes jury president tears up at Palme d'Or news conference
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** JURY ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS (SOUNDBITE) (English) JURY PRESIDENT PEDRO ALMODOVAR SPEAKING ABOUT 'BPM' SAYING: "I'm sure it's going to be very successful everywhere, I'm sure it's going (to be) remembered in this country, something that happened here not so many years ago, that, beyond you, belongs to the LGBT that I am or not, it was an injustice, and - Campillo tells the story of real heroes that really saved many lives." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) JURY PRESIDENT PEDRO ALMODOVAR TALKING ABOUT 'THE SQUARE', SAYING: "I think it's a movie that I'd like to see again, because it's so rich, there are so many different things because the situation of these people is to be politically correct, and they live in a kind of hell because of that, and the director wrote and directed it with a master hand." REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR WILL SMITH SAYING: "It was pretty smooth and easy, I was just trying to get Pedro (Almodovar) to stop offering me sexual favours for my vote, but other than that, everything was very smooth and easy." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS JESSICA CHASTAIN SAYING: "That's a joke, Will Smith is joking." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR WILL SMITH SAYING: "That's a joke." CANNES POSTER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish - official translation) JURY PRESIDENT PEDRO ALMODOVAR SAYING ABOUT THE VOTING PROCESS: "There was no blood. We all respected each other. That doesn't mean we were all thinking exactly the same thing about all the films. We had different views and approaches of course, however, beginning with myself, we always respected the other members of the jury. Of course everyone tried to convince each other, sometimes we succeeded and other times, not. But the result following all these discussions of which the result was very smooth, the discussions were full of enthusiasm, and powerful statements were made." JURY ON PANEL (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS JESSICA CHASTAIN SAYING: "The one thing I really took away from this experience, is how the world views women, from the female characters that I saw represented, and I was quite disturbing to me, to be honest. There are some exceptions, I will say, but for the most part I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films, and I do hope that when we include more female storytellers we will have more of the women that I recognise in my day to day life, ones that are proactive that have their own agencies, don't just react to the men around them, they have their own point of view." ACTRESS FAN BINGBING AND COMPOSER GABRIEL YARED (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR WILL SMITH SAYING AFTER WOMEN ON JURY SPOKE ABOUT MORE FEMALE CHARACTERS IN FILMS: "A couple of black folks won't nothing for next year, either. We will talk about that another time." JURY GETTING UP CHASTAIN JURY LEAVING ALMODOVAR SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS
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- Keywords: BPM Palme d'Or jury Will Smith Cannes film festival
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE
- City: CANNES, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IR5OWD
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- Story Text: Cannes film festival jury president Pedro Almodovar teared up when talking about 'BPM' (Beats Per Minute) a French movie about AIDS awareness campaigners in the 1980s, during a news conference on Sunday (May 28).
The coveted Palme d'Or was given to 'The Square', a Swedish movie about the curator of a museum filled with grotesquely pretentious conceptual art. 'BPM' was favorite for the award but had to settle for second place, taking the Grand Prize of the Jury.
Critics hailed 'The Square', the movie by writer-director Ruben Ostlund as "high-wire cinema" that veers between comedy and thriller with moments of pure surrealism.
The film's highlight is a dinner for the museum's well-to-do patrons, with a performance artist leaping from table to table impersonating an ape in a bizarre, tense and ultimately violent scene.
Sofia Coppola won best director for "The Beguiled," a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood tale of sexual tension between an injured soldier in the American Civil War and the women and girls who take him in.
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