Iranian film "A Man of Integrity" wins 'Certain Regard' competition at Cannes

"We are proud to present an aesthetically diverse and attractive palmares", said Uma Thurman, ' Un Certain Regard' jury president, to open the ceremony.

Clutching the scroll he had just been awarded, Rasoulof said he hoped the prize would make things easier for him to make films in Iran.

"Russian cinema was very strong this year, particularly the film Loveless which I thought was tremendous and powerful but also very amusing and is a film meaty enough to win the Palme d'Or - it had that heft".

Kidman wasn't at the French Rivera ceremony, but sent a video message from Nashville, saying she was "absolutely devastated" to miss the show.

He fake-cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup madames et monsieurs".

Directed by Robin Campillo, the co-screenwriter of the Palme d'Or-winning film "The Class", the movie centers on the activist group ACT UP in Paris in the 1990s during the AIDS crisis.

Khoo is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival.

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But South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile traveled about 280 miles and could have reached the Japanese zone. North Korea has said its missile testing is in reaction to threats against it by the South, the United States and Japan .

"Nothing is more violent than reality", she added. Three female filmmakers have movies among the 19 in competition this year for Cannes' highest honor, the Palme d'Or.

But Halligan was more taken by Kidman's role in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, where she plays the wife of a surgeon who brings a teenage boy into their home, with risky repercussions for the family. His AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" earned some of the best reviews of the festival. "It's amusing. It deals with questions so important", said French actress and filmmaker Agnes Jaoui, a member of the jury that also included Americans Will Smith and Jessica Chastain.

Other members of the jury include directors Mohamed Diab and Joachim Lafosse, actor Reda Kateb, and Karel Och, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. But its president isn't letting slip which film it has picked for the coveted Palme d'Or award.

"They live in a kind of hell because of that", Almodovar said. In the showing, Eslinda Nuñez -one of three main characters of the film and also victor of the National Film Prize in Cuba- will be present, as well as Sergio Benvenuto Solas, Solas´s collaborator, and Ivan Giroud, president of the Havana´s Latin American Film Festival. Organizers have declared that next year, streaming-only films will not be accepted for the competition.

Asked about the differences between cinema and TV, the Oscar victor said "I think everybody wants to show whatever is good, when the television is good and fearless it will be successful while if it will become conservative and bind it will be the end of it".

There were no prizes for the first Netflix releases selected to be in competition for the Palme d'Or: Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories".

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