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Guessing game over who will win Cannes Palme d'Or prize


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Guessing game over who will win Cannes Palme d'Or prize

It is one of the most prestigious awards in cinema, and with only hours to go before the winner of the 67th Cannes film festival is announced, it is anyone’s guess who will take the top prize.

Despite the quality of this year’s movies being lauded by the critics, none of the 18 films competing for the Palme d’Or has clearly stood out and opinions are divided.

Shahla Nahid from French radio station RFI said: ‘‘My heart is split between Leviathan by Zvyagintsev and Naomi Kawase’s Still Water. Probably because they are fairly similar in terms of their strength and depth of characters.’‘

Other critics such as Jean Roy from France’s L’Humanite newspaper said: ‘‘This has been an excellent year. I’ve enjoyed almost all the films in the competition, apart from Saint-Laurent and one or two others which were weak, but since the first day I’ve been treated to a feast of film. “

It’s a difficult task to second guess Jane Champion’s jury on who will win the Palme d’or.

From Cannes, euronews’ Frederic Ponsard said: ‘‘Last year The Life of Adele was the clear favorite and took the Palme d’Or. This year the contest for best film is a tighter affair. Uncertainty reigns, with several potential winners. The jury presided over by Jane Campion therefore has a tough task ahead of them.’‘

‘‘My heart is split between Leviathan by Zvyagintsev and Naomi Kawase’s Still Water. Probably because they are fairly similar in terms of their strength and depth of characters.’‘

‘‘This has been an excellent year. I’ve enjoyed almost all the films in competition, apart from Saint-Laurent and one or two others which were weak, but since the first day and the film African I’ve been treated to a feast of film.

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