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Diane Kruger gives an award-winning performance as a grieving mother and widow in German-language revenge drama In The Fade
Credit: Courtesy of Sydney Film Festival

After what feels like an interminable stretch of red carpet, the 70th Cannes Film Festival has come to its inevitable end.

Though it may be some time before Swedish-director Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square makes its way to a cinema near you, there are plenty of other Cannes heavy-hitters that will screen as part of the 10 festival alumni showing at next month’s Sydney Film Festival. 

Sofia Coppola made cinema history again overnight after she became the second woman in the festival’s history to win best director for The Beguiled, a remake of a Southern gothic novel-turned-film that stars Colin Farrell alongside Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning as a wounded Civil War soldier and the vengeful, lustful occupants of a boarding school respectively. You can still purchase tickets to two screenings here. Kidman also won the Festival’s 70th Anniversary prize, and is arguably the festival’s red carpet MVP.

Diane Kruger, pictured above, won best actress for her performance in German-director Fatih Akin’s In the Fade as a grieving mother and vengeful widow whose husband and son die in a bomb explosion in Hamburg. Her winning performance marks the first time Kruger has acted entirely in her native tongue, and you can purchase tickets hereSicario screenwriter Taylor Sherdian won the prize for best direction in the Un Certain Regard category for his directorial debut Wind River, which will also screen in three sessions as part of the SFF and stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen in a crime drama set in rural Wyoming.

Other films competing for the top prizes at Cannes that are screening locally include lauded Austrian director Michael Haneke’s (Amour) bourgeois-grappling-with-a- refugee-crisis film Happy End and celebrated Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s (Snowpiercer) Okja, which sees the critically-acclaimed director reunite with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and An Seo-hyun for a Cannes-controversy inciting Netflix original science-fiction adventure film that’s sure to stun. Okja will screen as part of a Closing Night Gala, and the director and Korean-American actor and The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun will be in attendance. 

You can find out more information about the full SFF program here.

Tile and cover image: Courtesy of Sydney Film Festival

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