Swedish comedy wins at Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival awarded its coveted Palme d’Or award to Ruben Ostlund’s Swedish comedy The Square on Sunday, while Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to win the best director award.
“Oh my god! OK,” Ostlund exclaimed after he bounded onto the stage in a rare and somewhat surprising win for a comedy.
In The Square, Claes Bang plays a museum director whose manicured life begins to unravel after a series of events that upset his, and the museum’s, calm equilibrium.
Coppola won best director for The Beguiled, her remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 Civil War drama about a Union soldier hiding out in a Southern girls’ school. Coppola’s thriller, told from a more female point of view, stars Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, with Colin Farrell as the soldier.
‘Pirates’ sails to top of box office
It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy Baywatch.
Studio estimates Sunday say the fifth installment of the Pirates franchise commandeered $62.2 million in its first three days in theaters. The Johnny Depp-starrer is projected to take in $76.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
The R-rated Baywatch, meanwhile, is sinking like a rock. It earned just $18.1 million over the weekend against a nearly $70 million price tag.