There is red-hot competition among movie makers as the race intensifies for the top prize at the Cannes film festival.
With a host of big name directors vying for the coveted Palme d’Or, many insiders say it is too close to call.
‘Maps to the Stars’ – David Cronenberg’s look behind the tinsel of Hollywood is among the favourites. The Canadian’s film centres on an aging actress (Julianna Moore) and daughter of a famous movie star desperate to land a role playing her now-dead mother.
Also in the mix is American director Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ – a
movie based on the murder of a championship wrestler by an heir to the Du Pont chemical fortune.
This year, the president of the majority female jury is Jane Campion, the only woman ever to receive the top award at Cannes.
The New Zealander told euronews: “It’s a great experience for me to be here for the entire festival and to see the whole line-up of films, and be here for the film makers too because it’s a difficult experience to have your film here, you know? And all of them I admire, they’ve all do so much to get in competition, so I’m celebrating them each time. I don’t know what we’re going to think in the end.”
Belgium’s Dardenne brothers have also tasted success at Cannes, twice walking off with the Palme d’Or. Now they could be the only film makers in history to win it three times if they triumph on Sunday with ‘Two Days, One Night’.
Our correspondent in Cannes, Frederic Ponsard, reports: “After five days of competition, the jury members have seen half the films in competition. Among some of the other big names in the running; Abderrahmane Sissako for ‘Timbuktu’ and ‘Winter Sleeps’ by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. But between now and Saturday other big names are will be appearing on the Croisette such as Ken Loach and even (Jean-Luc) Godard. So, it is far from over.”