I may not have called it, but I came pretty damn close – and I’m quite happy to be ever so slightly wrong.
The 70th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today, and to mark the occasion I’ve decided to evaluate – in my own poor way – the films in contention for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.
I have provided synopses for all the contenders and trailers, when available. I have also taken a stab at guessing who’ll actually win the Palme, though my methods in doing so are wholly unscientific (unless you consider hunches to have a science of their own).
Apologies, by the way, for not breaking down the Un Certain Regard contenders and non-competitive screenings. Time and space did not allow.
Time to see what’s going down on the Croisette this year.
Time to see what might the big names going into awards season.
Time to talk about Cannes, which is kicking off in two weeks’ time.
Another Cannes is over, and the awards have gone, it seems, to a very interesting selection of films. Let’s dig in.
Palme d’Or – Winter Sleep
Good. Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Grand Prix three years ago for an incredible film, and this sounds equally intriguing. I’ll be seeing this, and since it won, I might get to do so sooner rather than later. I wonder if we’ll have our first Turkish Best Picture nominee. (Probably not, but let me dream.)
This morning, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes festival was announced, and there’s certainly some goodies on the list. I’m not sure what’ll walk away with the top prize–I’m not as devoted a student of the Cannes awards as I am of the Oscars–but I’ll make a few guesses as we go along. Let’s see what we have. (List order and some descriptions are from Variety. Other citations as needed.)