JAKE COIL, AP Film writer
The 75th Cannes Film Festival concludes on Saturday with the presentation of the Palme d’Or and other awards, selected by a nine-member jury led by French actor Vincent Lindon.
The closing ceremony sums up Cannes, which has attempted to fully revive France’s annual extravaganza, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and drew modest crowds last year. This year’s festival also unfolded against the background of the war in Ukraine, which sparked red carpet protests and dialogue about the purpose of cinema in wartime.
The closing ceremony begins at 2:30 pm EST and ends in about an hour. Outside of France, it will be broadcast live by Brut.
But what will win? As you know, the palm branch, one of the film’s most prestigious awards, is impossible to keep, although the bookies are still trying their best. It depends entirely on jury deliberations, which take place in private. Last year, the award went to the French body horror film Titan, and director Julia Decourtnot became the second female director to win the Palme d’Or. In 2019, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite won at Cannes and then did the same at the Oscars.
This year’s biggest Hollywood films at Cannes – Elvis, Top Gun: Maverick, Three Thousand Years of Longing – were screened outside of the competition’s 21 Cannes film line-up.
Possibly—and there’s always controversy at Cannes—among the most popular films to win the palm branch are Lucas Don’s Belgian coming-of-age drama Closeness, Park Chan-wook’s convoluted neo-noir The Decision to Quit, Christian Mungiu’s Romanian drama RMN ”, Ruben Ostlund’s social satire The Triangle of Sorrow, and James Gray’s semi-autobiographical 1980s New York novel Armageddon Time.
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