After a star-studded festival that saw everyone from Martin Scorsese to Harrison Ford walk the Croisette, the 76th Cannes Film Festival is finally coming to a close. This year’s lineup was packed with big names, with the likes of Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Jonathan Glazer, Wim Wenders and Hirokazu Kore-eda all debuting new entries in competition. Now that all the major films have screened, it’s up to the judging panel to decide who will walk away with the festival’s most coveted honors.
Ruben Östlund — who won two Palme d’Or to his name for “The Square” and “Triangle of Sadness” — chairs this year’s jury. He is joined by a panel of nine jurors that includes Paul Dano, Brie Larson and “Titane” director Julie Ducournau. Östlund recently spoke to IndieWire about his approach to the deliberative process and his determination to avoid leaks to the media.
“This will be the first jury in the history of the Cannes Film Festival where publicists will have no voices to speak to each other,” said Östlund. “If someone comes to us and asks us what we think of a film, we don’t (say).”
But not even the most disciplined jury president can stop festival-goers from speculating on potential Palme d’Or winners. Early predictions had Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall” and Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” as the frontrunners, with Aki Kaurismaki’s “Fallen Leaves” and Todd Haynes’ “May December” seen as potential upsets.
Films that win the Palme d’Or are ineligible for other Cannes awards, so moviegoers paying attention to the top prizes can start narrowing down their Palme contenders by way of the process of elimination. Cannes award ceremonies are notorious for their surprises and it’s not uncommon to see the initial consensus fully exploded after the top prizes have been awarded.
For the first time, this year’s ceremony will be live streamed for viewers around the world. Read on for our updated list of this year’s Cannes Film Festival award winners.
Jury Prize: “Fallen Leaves”, dir. Aki Kaurismäki
Best Actress: Merve Dizdar, “About Dried Herbs”
Best Actor: Koji Yakusho, “Perfect Days”
Best Director: Tran Anh Hung, “The Pot au Feu”
Best Screenplay: Yuji Sakamoto, “Monster”
Gold Room: “Inside the Shell of the Yellow Cocoon”, dir. Thien An Pham
Palme d’Or short film: “27”, dir. Flora Anna Buddha