I’ve just come out of the press screening of the festival’s Closing Night film – the ecological documentary The Ice and the Sky – and, for me, Cannes is finished for another year. A few great films and a handful of good-to-very good ones doesn’t feel like a terrific return but I missed a lot of what went on in the Directors Fortnight section this year – including the universally well-liked Turkish film Mustang – where the overall quality was reportedly very high (though I couldn’t say that about the Fortnight’s Closing Film, Dope). So, still plenty of Cannes titles to catch up on over the course of the year, and of course some films that I didn’t really enjoy or understand on first viewing here may very well improve on second viewing, in calmer surroundings (as happened with last year’s Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep).
For now though, I’ll sign off with my personal Cannes top 10 (a clear top 3 and then the rest, all in alphabetical order), and a no-doubt poor attempt at some prize predictions:
Cannes Top 3:
THE ASSASSIN (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, in Competition)
CAROL (Todd Haynes, in Competition)
MY GOLDEN DAYS (Arnaud Desplechin, in Directors Fortnight)
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, in Competition)
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (Kent Jones/Serge Toucabia, in Cannes Classics)
THE MEASURE OF A MAN (Stephane Brize, in Competition)
MEDITERRANEA (Jonas Carpignano, in Critics Week)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhang-ke, in Competition)
SON OF SAUL (Laszlo Nemes, in Competition)
THE TREASURE (Corneliu Porumboiu, in Un Certain Regard)
As for predictions, I’d go for Carol to win the Palme d’Or, Hou Hsiao-Hsien to win the Director prize, Zhao Tao to win Best Actress for Mountains May Depart and a toss-up between British actors Michael Caine and Tim Roth for Actor, in Youth and Chronic repsectively. Son of Saul should win the Camera d’Or for Best First Film, but that film – and its director Laszlo Nemes and lead actor Geza Rohrig – could easily win the top prize in any of the above eligible categories.