Cannes will end with the presentation of the Palme d’Or on Saturday

CANNES, France – The 75th Cannes Film Festival ends on Saturday with the presentation of the Palme d’Or and other awards selected by the nine-member jury led by French actor Vincent Lindon.

The closing ceremony caps a Cannes that has tried to fully resuscitate France’s annual extravaganza that was canceled in 2020 by the pandemic and saw modest crowds last year. This year’s festival also took place against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which sparked red carpet protests and dialogue about the purpose of wartime cinema.

The closing ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT and ends approximately one hour later. Outside France, it will be broadcast live by Brut.

But who will win? La Palme, one of cinema’s most prestigious awards, is said to be impossible to handicap – although bookmakers always try their best. It is based entirely on the deliberations of the jury which take place behind closed doors. Last year, French body horror thriller ‘Titane’ won the prize, making director Julia Decournau the second filmmaker to win the Palme. In 2019, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” triumphed at Cannes before doing the same at the Oscars.

This year, the biggest Hollywood films at Cannes – “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Three thousand years of nostalgia” – played outside the programming of 21 films in competition at Cannes.

Arguably – and there are always disputes at Cannes – among the best-received films that could win the Palme are Lukas Dhont’s Belgian coming-of-age drama “Close”, the meandering Korean neo-noir from Park Chan-wook “Decision to Leave”, Cristian Mungiu’s Romanian drama “RMN”, Ruben Ostlund’s social satire “Triangle of Sadness” and James Gray’s semi-autobiographical 80s New York tale “Armageddon Time” .

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