Friday, May 26, it’s already time to present the last two films in competition, while the films most appreciated by critics have started to emerge.
It’s the last straight line at the Cannes Film Festival, where two films have yet to be screened this Friday, May 26, before the jury retires to award the Palme d’Or on Saturday evening. This 76th edition was marked by the return of Hollywood stars and the record presence of female directors.
Among the last two films presented, that of the double webbed Ken Loach. At 86, the dean of the competition is expected on the Croisette with The Old Oak, presented as his last feature film. Could he become the first director to win for the third time the supreme award of the largest film festival in the world? He won his first Palme d’Or in 2006 with The wind picks up and the second in 2016 with Moi, Daniel Blake. Sorry We Missed Youhis last film, was also presented in competition at Cannes in 2019. The Old Oak takes place in a dormant village of former coal miners, which Syrian refugees are trying to wake up. The uncertain future of the last pub, The Old Oak, is at the heart of the plot.
The very last film of the 76th edition in competition presented is that of the Italian Alice Rohrwacher. For the third time in Cannes, she will present La Chimeraabout a young archaeologist mixed up with a group of grave robbers in 1980s Italy.
Aki Kaurismäki top of the favorites
Who will succeed Ruben Östlund, Palme d’or last year with Without filter and this time president of the jury? For the moment, Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki is in the lead with his film Dead leavesaccording to the professional magazine Screen which compiles reviews from the international press. His romance, which tells the improbable meeting between a supermarket cashier fired for the theft of a sandwich and an alcoholic man, has indeed received a very good reception. The director is one of the few to have been applauded during the press sessions.
The other big favorite is the film by Frenchwoman Justine Triet, Anatomy of a fall. It paints the portrait of a woman accused of having killed her husband. Another favorite of festival-goers is May December by American director Todd Haynes. A film about the pretense and denial of a forbidden relationship between a minor and an adult, starring Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman.
In total, 21 feature films are in the running this year. Seven are made by women, including the youngest in the Ramata-Toulaye Sy competition, 36 years old. After viewing the latest films, the jury will retire to a villa to deliberate on Saturday and announce the winners in the early evening.
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