Cannes awards pick wide open after film festival’s

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Cannes awards pick wide open after film festival’s

A Moroccan film about hip-hopping youth in Casablanca, the story of a hero by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, and a wildly imaginative French film about sex with a car, were among the top contenders for the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. is one of. More unexpected contests over the years.

The world’s biggest film festival returns to the French Riviera after a hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many film stars, from Bill Murray and Matt Damon to Sharon Stone, on the red carpet.

The premiere’s 12 frantic days and late-night dinners were more subdued than usual. Attendance was low, and many yacht parties held on the Cannes coast went away.

However, the competition was as intense as ever, with 24 films vying for the top Palme d’Or for best film in 2019, up from 21.

Critics noted that this time there were a certain number of winners, in a contest that may depend on the quirks of the jury—a version led by “Do the Right Thing” director Spike Lee.

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South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho won 2019 with dark comic social satire “Parasite” from the get-go, winning an unprecedented Oscar for Best Picture for a non-English language entry.

Iran’s Farhadi, who has previously influenced Cannes juries but never won the Palme, is one of those who are discussing “A Hero” about a debtor prison inmate when his Girlfriend gets a bag of gold coins.

A tale of heartbreak, loss and new connections, adapted from the Haruki Murakami short story, “Drive My Car” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi of Japan, was also praised by critics. And many admired Joachim Trier’s modern love story “The Worst Person in the World”.

Some said that more unorthodox outings, such as the messy and violent serial-killer film “Titan”, from 37-year-old French director Julia Ducournau, deserve attention.

“Titan” was a daring attempt to push the boundaries of genres, said Rennan Kroos, a journalist and professor of cinema at Essex University.

“If Spike Lee and his jury want to celebrate the future, it is clearly Julia DuCournau,” he said.

Kroos also picked “Casablanca Beats” by Nabil Ayuch of Morocco, with Moroccan youth trying to find his voice as a contender.

The winners will be announced on Saturday night in a ceremony beginning at 1725 GMT, with the top prize usually broadcast over a few hours.

“Memoria” by Thailand’s Epichatpong Weerasethkul, and “Paris 13th District” by Jacques Ouard also made shortlists of potential runners and riders.

Some of the most star-studded entries failed to generate buzz for the awards, including Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch”, which received mixed reviews, and Sean Penn’s “Flag Day”.

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