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Live from Cannes: Day 11 (Predictions)

Today is a day for travel. I’m going back knowing that the weather won,t be as great, knowing that this is perhaps a weak time for film viewing and that I’ll have tons of other work to do. What sucks about leaving one day earlier is missing out on the extra screenings of the Main Comp films I might have missed during the festival and because my interest sways into the other sections then this would be useful. Over the course of the entire day of Sunday, Journalists who’ve felt they missed out on a title or two will have ample opportunity to view what they have missed. So instead, what I’ll attempt to do is predict who’ll win what in the top categories and perhaps get one or two right.
While many critics seem to be at some impasse for who and what will win – here is what the jurors Stephen Frears (UK) (president); Maggie Cheung (Hong Kong); Toni Collette (Australia); Maria de Medeiros (Portugal); Sarah Polley (Canada); Marco Bellocchio (Italy); Orhan Pamuk (Turkey); Michel Piccoli (France) and finally Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania) are (in my books) leaning towards.

Palme d’Or: Le Scaphandre et le papillon by Julian Schnabel
Grand Prix : The Edge of Heaven by Fatih Akin
Screenplay: Persepolis” (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, France-U.S.)
Director: Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park)
Actor: Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men
Actress: Jeon Do-yeon (“Secret Sunshine”)

Grand Prix : “The Band’s Visit” (Eran Kolirin, Israel-U.S.-France)


Camera d’Or: “Control” (Anton Corbijn, U.K.-Australia-Japan)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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