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So, who’s going to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes tomorrow?

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Palme D'Or, Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival comes to a close tomorrow night with the awarding of the Palme d’Or prize to the best of 18 films competing from all over the world. It’s hard to remember a year when the winners have been so tough to predict. No obvious front runner has emerged this year, unlike in past years when 2013’s ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, 2012’s ‘Amour’ or 2011’s ‘The Tree of Life’ were widely expected to win as the festival rolled to a close. For us, the wildcard is still 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Goodbye to Language’, a 70-minute experimental blast of literary quotations, fractured imagery, 3D, a dog and much else besides. It’s possible that the jury could give the French New Wave legend a lifetime achievement award to honour his 50-year–plus career. But there’s always the outside chance that the jury could honour this film with the Palme d’Or itself.

Guessing may be a mug’s game – but nonetheless, here are our predictions of which films will win big in Cannes tomorrow. Drum roll please…

Palme d’Or

‘Leviathan’ – a grotesque tragedy about the little man being crushed by church and state in contemporary Russia. Read Time Out’s review 

Grand Prix (second prize)

‘Timbuktu’ – a sly, leftfield look at Muslim extremism in remote west Africa. Read Time Out’s review

Jury Prize (third prize)

‘Mommy’ – a big, soulful drama about a single mother and her ADHD teen in French-speaking Canada. Read Time Out’s review

Best director

Alice Rohrwacher for ‘The Wonders’ – an intimate study of a hippy farming family living off-grid in Italy. Read Time Out’s review 

Best actor

Timothy Spall for ‘Mr Turner’ – Mike Leigh’s film about the later years of the nineteenth-century painter JMW Turner. Read Time Out’s review 

Best actress

Marion Cotillard in ‘Two Days, One Night’ – the Dardenne brothers’ film about a woman fighting to save her job in modern Belgium. Read Time Out’s review

Best script

‘Winter Sleep’ – Turkish writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s commanding study of a powerful man in crisis in Anatolia. Read Time Out’s review

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