Cannes Film Festival Day 11: Final Predictions

In its final hours, the Cannes film festival is slowly turning into a desert reminiscent of Mad Max: Fury Road. Barely surviving on Nespresso coffee capsules, festival-goers and journalists are exhausted and the screening rooms are not as crowded as they were on peak days.

Michael Fassbender at the Cannes film festival

Michael Fassbender at the 2015 Cannes film festival

Now that it’s time to forecast these much-anticipated awards, we will deliver two lists: One is based on our favorites while the other one attempts to predict the Jury’s picks. Before getting to this, let’s note that the final screening, Justin Kurzel’s MacBeth won’t change anything, this new Shakespeare adaptation failing at leaving a mark, despite strong performances by Michael Fassbender (see photo) and Marion Cotillard (see photo) and visuals flirting with the epic show Game of Thrones and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising.

Here are our predictions:

  • Palme d’or : Mountains may depart Jia Zhangke
  • Grand prix: The Assassin – Hou Hsiao Hsien
  • Jury Prize: Mia Madre Nanni Moretti
  • Best Direction: The Measure of a Man – Stéphane Brizé
  • Best Script: The Lobster de Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Best Actor: Michael Caine – Youth
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett –  Carol

Here is our own selection:

  • Palme d’or: Son of Saul – Laszlo Nemes ex-aequo with Mad Max Fury Road George Miller (of course Mad Max wasn’t in competition but it certainly deserves a prize).
  • Grand Prix: Mountains may depart Jia Zhangke and Love Gaspar Noé (same case as Mad Max).
  • Jury Prize: Mia Madre Nanni Moretti
  • Best Direction: Sicario Denis Villeneuve
  • Best Script: The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Best Actor: Vincent Lindon The Measure of a Man and Geza Rohrig Son of Saul
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett Carol and Charlize Theron  Mad Max Fury Road

See you tomorrow to talk about the real thing …

Marion Cotillard at the Cannes film festival

Marion Cotillard at the 2015 Cannes film festival

Tom Hardy the Cannes film festival

Tom Hardy at the 2015 Cannes film festival

Photos : Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender et Marion Cotillard. (c) Moland Fengkov.

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Moland Fengkov

Moland Fengkov

Based in Paris, Moland is a journalist and photographer; He is more particularly responsible for covering the Cannes film festival for Plume Noire, writing movie reviews and taking gorgeous pictures.
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