Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cannes roundup and predictions!

So tomorrow it ends, the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The fest has been angering and mostly underwhelming. Outside of raves for The Past, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Blue is the Warmest Color, not much has been liked at all. Sure, Behind the Candelabra was well-received, and Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty was liked, but everything else has been a disappointment.

Especially Only God Forgives. What fantastic trailers! The film is generally regarded as the worst one in competition, despite the massive hype. What disappointment!

To be 100% honest, I anticipated almost every film in the competition, so it pained me to see Nebraska get side-stepped, Jimmy P. to be ignored (and at this point, forgotten), and The Immigrant to be so low. It's now time to see which films will take home the big prizes.

Predictions after the jump.

Right now, I say that Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty will take home the coveted prize. Why? Paolo Sorrentino has been a Cannes pet for a good while, and his film has been well-received. It harkens back to a Palme winner from many years ago, Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Probably the film's best advantage is the fact that other front runners might be receiving other prizes.

Probably the most well-regarded film of the fest, Inside Llewyn Davis, will probably take home Best Actor for its tour-de-force of Oscar Isaac in the title role. I'm not entirely sure about any of these predictions, but one thing's for sure: Inside Llewyn Davis is not going home empty-handed.

I am easily tempted to say that Marion Cotillard could win here. Maybe the winner will be a double-header of Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux for Blue is the Warmest Color. Right now, I think the winner for Best Actress will be Emmanuelle Seigner for Polanski's Venus in Fur, the last film in competition.

Nicolas Winding Refn was my early frontrunner, but now his chances are slim-to-none. The most likely winner here is now Abdellatif Kechiche for Blue is the Warmest Color. I'm not 100% sure on this, but I am 100% sure that Blue is the Warmest Color is not going home empty handed.

Asghar Farhadi is an acclaimed writer-director, and with the acclaim of The Past, I also doubt the film of going empty-handed. Right now I think it will win the screenplay prize, but don't count out French darling Berenice Bejo for Best Actress either.

Like Father, Like Son

Behind the Candelabra

So another year in Cannes has come and left. Now is a summer of speculation until Venice.... and the race will begin all over again.

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