Cannes closes with Palme d’Or . ceremony on Saturday


Tang Wei, from left, director Park Chan-wook, and Park Hae-il pose for photographers after the departure of the film’s ‘Decision to Leave’ premiere at the 75th International Film Festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 23, 2022 (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)


The 75th Cannes Film Festival will conclude on Saturday with the Palme d’Or and other awards, selected by a nine-member jury led by French actor Vincent Lindon.

The closing ceremony marks an end to a Cannes that has attempted to completely revive the annual French extravaganza, canceled in 2020 by the pandemic, and saw a modest crowd last year. This year’s festival also took place against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which sparked red carpet protests and a dialogue about the purpose of wartime cinema.

The closing ceremony begins at 2:30 PM EDT and ends about an hour later. Outside of France, it is streamed live by Brut.

But what will win? The Palme, one of the film’s most prestigious awards, is known to be impossible to handicap – although bookmakers are still trying their best. It depends entirely on the deliberations of the jury that take place in private. Last year the French body horror thriller ‘Titane’ won the prize, making director Julia Decournau only the second female filmmaker ever to win the Palme. In 2019, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” triumphed in Cannes before doing the same at the Academy Awards.

This year’s Cannes biggest Hollywood films — “Elvis,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Three Thousand Years of Longing” — played out of the competition’s lineup of 21 Cannes films.

Undoubtedly—and there’s always arguing in Cannes—among the best-received films that could win the Palme are Lukas Dhont’s Belgian coming-of-age drama “Close,” Park Chan’s twisty Korean neo-noir “Decision to Leave”— wook, Cristian Mungiu’s Romanian drama ‘RMN’, Ruben Ostlund’s social satire ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and James Gray’s semi-autobiographical 1980s New York story ‘Armageddon Time’.

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