Cannes Film Festival to host the Palme d’Or on Saturday

CANNES, France — The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival concluded on Saturday with the award ceremony for the Palme d’Or and other awards selected by a nine-member jury led by French actor Vincent Lindon.

The closing ceremony wrapped up the Cannes Film Festival, which is trying to fully revive the annual French event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and saw a small audience last year. This year’s festival is also set against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which has sparked protests on the red carpet and conversations about the purpose of wartime films.

The closing ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. ET and ends about an hour later. Outside of France, it will be broadcast live by Brut.

But what will win? The Palms Award is one of the most prestigious awards in cinema, and it’s notoriously impossible to set limits – even though bookmakers are still trying their best. It is entirely up to jury deliberations in private. Last year, French body horror thriller “Titans” won the award, making director Julia de Kunau the second female director ever to win the Palme d’Or. In 2019, Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” won at Cannes, followed by a big win at the Oscars.

This year, Cannes’ biggest Hollywood films — “Elvis,” “Top Gun: The Maverick,” “Three Thousand Years of Desire” — screened outside the festival’s 21-film competition lineup.

Arguably – and there’s always a debate at Cannes – among the most acclaimed films that won the Palme d’Or, there were Lucas Dornt’s Belgian coming-of-age drama “Close,” Park Chan-wook’s twisty Korean neo-noir Films “Decide to Leave”, Christian Mungiu’s Romanian drama “RMN”, Ruben Ostlund’s social satire “Triangle of Sorrows” and James Gray’s semi-autobiographical 80s New York story “Doomsday Time”.

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