CANNES 2012: Who Will Win?

Posted by Rose Kuo on 5.26.2012


Cannes jury President Nanni Moretti (center) with jurors (left to right) Ewan MacGregor, Raoul Peck, Diane Kruger, Thierry Fremaux, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hiam Abbas, Alexander Payne and Andrea Arnold at yesterday's festival press lunch. Photo by Eugene Hernandez

As the 65th Cannes Film Festival enters its final weekend, conversations inevitably turn into debates about the likely Palme D'Or winner. 

Yesterday, talks began in the breakfast room at the Splendid Hotel -- Cannes home for many well known critics and industry types -- as noted film festival veterans stuck up a conversation that continued throughout ubiquitous lines at screenings from the Soixantieme to the Star cinemas. 

At the press brunch, a roaming camera crew ambushed me with the question about what I thought might win. Later, a large dinner gathering of press and distributors at the always popular La Pizza sparked the creation of multiple top 5 lists. 

What's clear is that nothing is clear.

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti leads the jury of nine—split in equal numbers between directors and actors—who will determine the top prize including actors Diane Kruger, Hiam Abbass, Emmanuelle Devos and Ewan McGregor, directors Alexander Payne, Raoul Peck and Andrea Arnold, and French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

Likely contenders vying for the top prize include: MIchael Haneke's elegant and remorseless Amour, the wild cinematic ride of Holy Motors by Leos Carax, Abbas Kiarostami's subtle, unpredictable dark comedy Like Someone In Love, the impressive second film by Christian Mungiu, Beyond The Hills and Walter Salles' long awaited On The Road.

The winners of the 65th Cannes Film Festival will be published tomorrow (Sunday, May 27th) here at FilmLinc.com by about 2PM ET.

Rose Kuo is the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Follow her on Twitter at @rosekuo.

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