As quickly as it started, another Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close. This year’s festival featured one of the most stacked Cannes lineups in years, with new films from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Jonathan Glazer and Wim Wenders premiering alongside more popular films like ” Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and the first two episodes of HBO’s controversial new series “The Idol”.
With all the big premieres firmly in the rearview mirror plus Disney/Pixar’s out-of-competition ‘Elemental’, it’s almost time for the judging panel to present the festival’s prizes, including the coveted Palme d’Or. Ruben Östlund, fresh from his second Palme d’Or for 2022’s ‘Triangle of Sadness’ after winning for 2017’s ‘The Square’, was this year’s jury president, overseeing a multi-director judging panel that includes also “Titane” director Julie Ducournau along with Paul Dano and Brie Larson.
The Cannes awards are notoriously unpredictable, so no one knows which films they’ll ultimately choose to honor. Many early predictions have Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest,” Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall,” and Aki Kaurismaki’s “Fallen Leaves” as current favorites. But the latest string of positive reviews for Wenders’ Tokyo-set drama “Perfect Days” could also make him a formidable contender: The 77-year-old director is a Cannes legend, and his latest effort is his best-reviewed film in years. Wenders’ film was also acquired by Neon, a Palme d’Or fortune teller after the distributor took first prize for “Triangle of Sadness,” “Titane” and “Parasite” in recent years. Neon also has Alice Rohrwacher’s “Anatomy of a Fall” and “The Chimera” for North American distribution out of competition at Cannes.
Many have also hailed Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’ as a return to form for the eccentric director after mixed reactions to ‘Isle of Dogs’ and ‘The French Dispatch’, so there could be an opportunity for the movie rock star independent to collect its first major Cannes prize.
Normally, the action at the Cannes awards ceremony is only visible to the people in the room. But this year, the ceremony will be streamed for free around the world. Anyone interested in watching the show can tune in Brut America Facebook page when the ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 26, or 8:30 p.m. local time in France. Red carpet and press conference coverage will also be available on the official YouTube channel of the Cannes Film Festival. Anyone interested in up-to-the-minute coverage can also check out IndieWire’s list of upcoming winners and social media channels during the show.
We will update this story with the live stream embed once it goes public on Saturday.