Sofia Coppola snagged the coveted Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival Sunday, making her just the second woman in history to do so.
Coppola received the award for her Southern Gothic Civil War-set thriller “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood, based on the book by Thomas P. Cullinan.
The win marks the first time since 1961 a woman has claimed the prize. Coppola, who scored a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Lost in Translation,” follows in the footsteps of Russian director Yuliya Solntseva, who won in Cannes for “The Story of the Flaming Years.”
“I was thrilled to get this movie made and it’s such an exciting start to be honored in Cannes,” Coppola said in a statement.
The film stars Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman, who won the iconic festival’s special 70th Anniversary Prize for her work on not only “The Beguiled,” but also three other Cannes selections this year: “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and “Top of the Lake: China Girl.”
Other winners from the festival include Diane Kruger for Best Actress in “In the Fade” and Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor in “You Were Never Really Here.” The festival’s highest prize, the Palme d’Or, went to Swedish art-world satire “The Square.”