Which film will take the Palme d’Or?

Posted by · 10:40 am · May 23rd, 2008

Wells is already speculating and Foote is ready to move on, but let’s think it out here. In a festival that has been a bit underwhelming to most, both artistically for the critics and fiscally for the buyers, someone’s still gotta win best in show.

Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorra” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” might be the safe guesses, as both were quite well-received. But the Palme has made a habit of being elusive to the films one would expect to claim it.

Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” enjoyed a pleasant love-fest for a time, before the director was roughed up by a colleague and then hit a wall of sorts with The New York Times.

Then there are the fringe possibilities of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” — mixed on receipt, but that hasn’t stopped efforts in the past — and “Synecdoche, New York” from Charlie Kaufman, which has the benefit of being the last film out of the gate.

What’s it going to be?

If I had to bet, I’d say “Three Monkeys.” If I ventured a guess in the midst of rampant unpredictability (which is Cannes in a nutshell), I’d say “Synecdoche, New York.”

We’ll see how it pans out over the weekend.




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  • 1 5-23-2008 at 11:51 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Let’s not forget “Il Divo”, the new one from Paolo “Consequences of Love” Sorrentino, which premiered yesterday alongside the Kaufman, and has been garnering some raves.

    And Wim Wenders’ “Palermo Shooting” is still to come… who knows, maybe he’s got his groove back after some very lean years.

    There’s life in the competition yet.

  • 2 5-24-2008 at 6:00 am

    Ali Ercivan said...

    this year’s jury will obviously pick films with political contexts, so Waltz with Bashir, Che, Gomorra and Il Divo (or even 24 City) seem to be strong choices among the competition entries.

    I think the Israeli animation will take the top prize, while the Director award will go to Eastwood.