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Sofia Coppola Wins Best Director for The Beguiled at Cannes

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Last night was the end of the 2017 edition of the Cannes Film Festival (it’s 70th year). It’s a festival that we covered extensively, especially when it came to acquisitions. A load of horror news occurred, so I highly recommend clicking on that link to see what you may have missed out on.

The big news from Cannes is that they revealed the list of winners in their various categories, including the coveted Palme d’Or, which went to Ruben Östlund’s The Square. For horror fans, the exciting announcement came in the form of Sofia Coppola winning Best Director for The Beguiled, the upcoming period thriller which sees Colin Farrell take refuge in a Southern girls’ boarding school, even though he is an enemy soldier. Additionally, The Beguiled star Nicole Kidman took home the 70th Anniversary Award.

The Beguiled stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke. Coppola based her script on the novel by Thomas Cullinan and the screenplay by Albert Maltz and Grimes Grice for the original film from 1971.

Synopsis:
The story unfolds during the Civil War at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

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