MEDIA-funded film wins Palme d’Or

Ruben Östlund’s The Square (Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark) has been awarded the Palme d’Or at the 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The film – an art-world satire – was supported by MEDIA with €47,000 for its release across Europe.

This is the third year in a row that a film supported by the MEDIA sub-programme has received the prestigious Palme d’Or after I, Daniel Blake in 2016 and Dheepan in 2015.

In addition, two other MEDIA-funded films received awards. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Ireland/UK) by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou shared the Best Screenplay award with Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here and in the Un Certain Regard section, Barbara (France), directed by Mathieu Amalric, was awarded the Prize for Best Poetic Narrative. 

Ed Guiney, producer of the The Killing of a Sacred Deer said:

“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.”

In total, 20 films that screened at the festival had been developed or distributed with support of more than €1.6 million from Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

Image: Winner of the Palme d’Or 2017, Ruben Östlund’s The Square.