Cannes to present Palme d’Or, with history on the line

She said in an interview that a Palme win for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” would be a larger victory for women. But milestone victories could occur if some of the festival’s most acclaimed films were to win. She tied with Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine. The 21-film main slate included four films directed by women, which ties the festival’s previous high. Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes’ competition with Okja, a movie distributed in North America by Netflix. Mati Diop, the French-Senegalese director, became the first black woman in competition in Cannes with her feature debut Atlantics. Elton John brought his biopic Rocketman to the festival, joining star Taron Egerton for a beachside duet after the premiere. If French director Celine Sciamma’s period love story Portrait of a Lady on Fire won, it would be the first time a female filmmaker has won the Palme d’Or outright. The only previous female director to win the prestigious Palme d’Or in the festival’s 72-year history was Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano. The 72nd Cannes has had its share of red-carpet dazzle, too. Their deliberations are done in secret, so what will win is always a guessing game. Pitt’s character has a loyal pit bull in the film. “It would mean a lot for a lot of people,” she said. This year, bowing to pressure from 5050×2020, the festival released gender breakdowns of its submissions and selections. And Quentin Tarantino unveiled his 1960s Los Angeles tale “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, 25 years after the director’s “Pulp Fiction” won the Palme d’Or. Pain and Glory, a self-reflective drama starring Antonio Banderas as a fictionalized version of Almodovar, was received as the filmmaker’s best work in years. The festival was his hunting ground.” Weinstein, who has denied sexually assaulting Argento, was for decades a prominent presence in Cannes, which has had its struggles in adapting to the post-MeToo era. Last year’s awards in Cannes saw Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters triumph and Italian director Asia Argento declare from the stage: “I was raped by Harvey Weinstein. Advertising

The Palme d’Or is decided by a nine-person jury, headed this year by the filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu. After it and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (also a Netflix release) premiered in Cannes, the festival ruled that all films in competition needed French theatrical distribution. Advertising

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Have you seen these photos of Sunny Leone, Kangana Ranaut and Kapil Sharma? His movie did on Friday win the annual Palme Dog, an award given by critics to the festival’s most memorable canine. The only other time a woman has won the Palme d’Or was in 2013 when the award for Blue Is the Warmest Color was shared between director Abdellatif Kechiche and actresses Leya Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Cannes said about 27 percent of its official selections were directed by women. “We will see what we will see,” said Tarantino, accepting the award Friday. “That would be the most important.”
Pedro Almodovar could make personal history by winning the Palme for Pain and Glory. “But at least I won’t go home empty handed.”

Comment(s) Sciamma’s movie, about two women in 18th century France, has been hailed as feminist masterpiece. Netflix has since withdrawn from the festival.