Céline Sciamma, center-right, could win the first female director of La Palma d & Oro. (AP / Invision: Vianney Le Caer)
The story could be made when the main prize of the Cannes Film Festival, La Palma d & # 39; Oro, will be announced this weekend.
- All eyes are on Pedro Almodovar, Spanish, who chaired the Cannes jury in 2017
- This year, the first gender subdivisions of the presentations and selections of the festival were recorded
- Four of the 21 films nominated for La Palma d 'oro are directed by women
La Palma d & gold is decided by a jury of nine, presided over by Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu.
Their deliberations are done in secret, so what will win is always a game of riddles.
But milestone wins could occur if some of the festival's most acclaimed films were to win.
If he won the love story of the French director Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, it would have been the first time that a female director had won the Golden Palm.
Sciamma's film, which talks about two women in 18th-century France, was hailed as a feminist masterpiece.
The only previous female director to win the prestigious Palma d 'Oro in the 72-year history of the festival was Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano, which was linked to Farewell My Concubine by Chen Kaige.
The only other time a woman won the Golden Palm was in 2013, when the award for Blue Is the Warmest Color was shared by director Abdellatif Kechiche and actresses Leya Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Sciamma is a 40-year-old writer-director who contributed to founding 50/50 by 2020 (also written as 5050×2020), the French version of Time & # 39; s Up – an American organization that "insists on a safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds ".
In an interview he said that a victory for La Palma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire would have been a greater victory for women.
"It would mean a lot to many people," he said.
"That would be the most important."
All eyes on the Pedro Almodovar jury chair
Pain and Glory by Pedro Almodovar traces an almost autobiographical portrait of a director.
The Spanish Pedro Almodovar, who chaired the Cannes jury in 2017, was able to make personal history by winning La Palma for pain and glory.
Although he was one of the leading European filmmakers for decades, the 69-year-old director never won the most prestigious award at Cannes despite having been in the running five times.
Pain and Glory, an introspective drama with Antonio Banderas as a fictionalized version of Almodovar, has been received as the director's best work in years.
In the mix is also Parasite, South Korean class satire Bong Joon-ho, on a poor family of traffickers who find work with a wealthy family.
Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes with Okja, a film released in North America by Netflix.
After it and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (also a version of Netflix) previewed at Cannes, the festival established that all the films in competition needed distribution in French theaters.
Since then Netflix has retired from the festival.
A victory for Parasite will mark the first Korean film to win the Golden Palm.
Cannes participants keep the pressure on MeToo off the screen
Last year the shoplifters of Hirokazu Kore-eda conquered the top gong, but last year Cannes was famous for other announcements on stage.
He saw the Italian director Asia Argento declare from the stage:
"I was raped by Harvey Weinstein, the festival was his hunting ground."
Weinstein, who denied having sexually assaulted Argento, has been an important presence in Cannes for decades, struggling to respond to the MeToo movement – which is fighting to end sexual and emotional abuse within the city. screen industry.
His calls have been replicated in other industries around the world.
This year, giving in to pressures of 5050×2020, the festival has published the genre subdivisions of its proposals and selections.
Cannes said that about 27% of official selections were headed by women.
The main list of 21 films included four films directed by women, which links the previous film of the festival.
Mati Diop, a Franco-Senegalese director, has become the first black woman competing at Cannes with her first feature film Atlantics.
Quentin Tarantino has already gonged for the best dog
Even the 72nd edition of Cannes had its share of red carpet dazzles.
Elton John took his biopic Rocketman to the festival, joining star Taron Egerton for a beach duet after the premiere.
And Quentin Tarantino unveiled his ode at Los Angeles in the 60's, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, 25 years after the director Pulp Fiction won the Palm d & # 39; gold.
Tarantino could hope to win again.
His film won the annual Palme Dog on Friday, a prize awarded by critics to the most memorable dog of the festival.
The Pitt character has a faithful pitbull in the film.
Quentin Tarantino, center-right, won the Golden Palm for Pulp Fiction in 1994. (AP / Invision: Vianney Le Caer)
"We will see what we see," Tarantino said, accepting the award on Friday.
"But at least I won't go home empty-handed."
Few films among the 21 selected for the main competition in Cannes have struck a wrong note with the critics: the award-winning Abdellatif Kechiche, whose three-and-a-half-hour film with numerous close-ups of young girls walking in a disco, Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, was cut short by the reviewers.
"It was a pretty strong year in all Cannes competitions," said Meredith Taylor, editor of the film essai Filmuforia, adding that she had distributed more four-star reviews than usual.
However, the Cannes juries are known to criticize critics.
"Very often a stranger arrives," Taylor said.
ABC / wires
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