Cannes to award Palme d’Or as chosen by Spike Lee jury

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The 74th Cannes Movie Competition will on Saturday award its prime honor, the Palme d’Or, as chosen by a jury headed by Spike Lee.

Cannes’ closing ceremony caps 12 days of red-carpet premieres, common COVID-19 testing for a lot of attendees and the primary main movie pageant to be held because the pandemic started in virtually its normal type. With smaller crowds and mandated mask-wearing in theaters, Cannes pushed ahead with an bold slate of world cinema. Final 12 months’s Cannes was utterly canceled by the pandemic.

Twenty-four films are in rivalry for the Palme. The jury’s deliberations are non-public and unknown, however that by no means stops a large spectrum of predictions, guesses and betting odds. This 12 months featured a robust slate of many prime worldwide filmmakers, however no film was considered because the clear favourite.

Among the many best-received movies on the pageant have been: Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s portrait of honor and social media “A Hero”; Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s abortion drama “Lingui”; Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s meditative, Tilda Swinton-led “Memoria”; French director Julia Ducournau’s wild, high-octane serial-killer odyssey “Titane”; Sean Baker’s “The Florida Venture” follow-up, “Crimson Rocket”; Japan’s Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Haruki Murakami adaptation, “Drive My Automobile”; and Russian director Kirill Serebennikov’s influenza story “Petrov’s Flu.”

In 2019, the Palme went to Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” which later took greatest image on the Academy Awards, too. Just one feminine filmmaker has ever received Cannes prime award (Jane Campion for “The Piano”), so a win for Ducournau or Mia Hansen-Løve (“Berman Island”) can be historical past making. If Haroun have been victorious, it might be the second time a movie from Africa received.

Lee is the primary Black jury president at Cannes. His fellow jury members are: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Track Kang-ho, Tahar Rahim, Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Mylène Farmer.

___ Observe AP Movie Author Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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