British Director Ken Loach took the overall prize for best picture, becoming a two-time winner of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest award.
His film, “I, Daniel Blake,” examines the failings of welfare in his home country.
Stewart was shut out of any acting awards. Filipino actress Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress award for her role in Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa,” a film about small-time drug dealers who run afoul of corrupt police officers.
69th Cannes Film Festival Winners Palme d’Or
Best Picture: I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach
Best Director: Cristian Mungiu, Graduation
Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper
Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman
Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman
Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, Ma’Rosa
Grand Prize: Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World
Jury Prize: American Honey, Andrea Arnold
Palme d’Honneur: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Caméra d’Or: Divines, dir: Uda Benyamina
Short Film Palme d’Or” Timecode, Dir: Juanjo Gimenez
Special Mention:he Girl Who Danced With The Devil, Dir Joao Paulo Miranda Maria
Other Best Actress contenders included Isabelle Huppert for “Elle,” Sandra Hüller for “Toni Erdmann” and Sonia Braga for “Aquarius,” according to the organization.
Iranian Shahab Hosseini won Best Actor for his role as an actor driven mad after his wife is sexually assaulted in the film “The Salesman.” Asghar Farhadi won best screenplay for the picture.
In “Personal Shopper,” Stewart plays an assistant to a European celebrity. The job pays her way to France, where she’s come to make a psychic connection with her dead brother. The film is a horror story.
Out of 31 reviews, so far, 18 were positive and 13 were negative, giving the film a 58 rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews. That puts it in the rotten category, but not by much. A 60 rating is considered “fresh.”
Most of the reviewers have been European. Leading critics is Kate Muir of the Times of London.
“Think of an episode of Scooby-Doo, add product placement by Chanel, plus a soupçon of French existentialism, and you have some sense of the sheer bonkersness of ‘Personal Shopper,'” she wrote.
But Guy Lodge of Time Out saw it differently.
“Amid all the shifting mirrored surfaces and hazy ambiguities of Olivier Assayas’s bewitching, brazenly unconventional ghost story, this much can be said with certainty: Kristen Stewart has become one hell of an actress,” he wrote.
Last year, Stewart won a prestigious Cesar Award, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for her supporting role in Assayas’s film “Clouds of Sils Maria.”
She was warmly received at Cannes. Festival director Thierry Fremaux pronounced Kristen “Queen of Cannes” during a ceremony revealing the movies that will be screened during the event.
Steven Spielberg’s film, “The BFG,” and the American thriller “Money Monster,” directed by Jodie Foster, and starring Julie Roberts and George Clooney in the lead roles, were among American films screened.
Roberts made her first appearance in a Cannes film, and Foster made her first appearance as a director.
Jim Jarmusch’s documentary on ’60s rock star Iggy Pop, titled “Gimme Danger,” screened along with “Paterson,” his film about the life of a bus driver in Patterson, NJ. Both competed for the Palme d’Or.
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