Cannes: time for the Palme d’Or after a high-level festival

The Cannes Film Festival is about to unveil its prize list, with an introspective film by Pedro Almodovar and a social thriller by South Korean Bong Joon-ho among the favorites for the Palme d’Or, after a very good competition. level.

After twelve days of festival, the jury, chaired by the Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, chose among the 21 films in competition the one which will succeed “A family affair” of the Japanese Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Palme d’Or last year . Six other prizes will be awarded, including the prizes for male and female interpretation.

The actors Gael Garcia-Bernal, Catherine Deneuve, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Sylvester Stallone, Reda Kateb, the filmmakers Claire Denis and Michael Moore are among the personalities who will present from 5.15 p.m. GMT (7.15 p.m. French time) the precious awards.

As every year, the nine men and women responsible for deliberating had retired to an undisclosed place in the morning to make their choices. Now the game is over, and the rise of the stairs started around 4:00 p.m. GMT (6:00 p.m. French time) to hear the results.

At the end of a tough competition in which Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick or Ken Loach competed, several favorites seem to emerge from the odds game.

Among them, “Parasite”, a family drama and thriller on social inequalities by South Korean Bong Joon-ho, won the support of the press. This work, which combines cinematographic genres with virtuosity while keeping the spectator in suspense, holds the cord in the panel of ten international critics of the specialized review Screen, with a score of 3.5 (out of 4). It would be the first time that a Korean has won the Palme.

“I think that + Parasite + could stand out, because it offers both a lot of cinema, that is to say staging, a look at a country – Korea – and at the family”, estimates France Inter critic Laurent Delmas.

But Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” is also in a very good position. A very personal and moving portrait of a filmmaker in crisis, with Antonio Banderas in the lead role, the 21st film by the Spanish director, who is attempting the Palme d’Or for the sixth time, is tied for second place for the panel of Screen (noted 3.3).

Eleven French critics out of 15 questioned by the French Film also consider that this film, already released in France, is worth a Palme d’Or (against ten out of 15 for “Parasite”).

– Banderas, Haenel and Merlant –

Tied with Almodovar for Screen (3.3), “Portrait of the young girl on fire” by Frenchwoman Céline Sciamma, love story between a painter and her model in the 18th century and one of the four films of the competition performed by women, also has strong supporters.

Other films, which have appealed to critics, could do well: among them, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” by Quentin Tarantino (3.0), the story of an actor and his understudy in Los Angeles of 1969, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, “Atlantic”, a story of exile and ghosts in Senegal by the newcomer Mati Diop (2.8) or even “The lake of wild geese” by Diao Yinan, a Chinese thriller that modernizes the codes of film noir (2.7).

But surprises are not to be ruled out, while the choice of the jury is far from always following that of the critic. Last year, one of the darlings of the press, the South Korean “Burning” by Lee Chang-dong, for example left empty-handed.

Among the other films which could seduce the jury are “The Traitor” by Marco Bellocchio, on the story of the first great repentant of the Sicilian Mafia, “A hidden life” by Terrence Malick, on an Austrian peasant executed by the Nazis, or again “Les Misérables” by Frenchman Ladj Ly, on police violence in the suburbs.

Interpretation prices will also be hotly contested.

For men, Antonio Banderas as an aging filmmaker in “Pain and Glory”, Pierfrancesco Favino as a repentant with Bellocchio, Roschdy Zem as a police commissioner full of humanity in “Roubaix, une lumière” by Arnaud Desplechin, or Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at Tarantino have every chance.

Among women, Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in “Portrait of the young girl on fire” could win ex aequo, unless the jury makes another choice by crowning the Austrian Valerie Pachner in “A hidden life” or again the Franco-Belgian Virginie Efira in “Sibyl” by Justine Triet.

Last year, the prizes for interpretation went to the Italian Marcello Fonte in “Dogman”, and the Kazakhe Samal Yeslyamova in “Ayka”.

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Cannes: time for the Palme d’Or after a high-level festival

Hank Gilbert