Dennis Lim of New York Magazine’s Culture Vulture is calling Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon the frontrunner for this year’s Palme d’Or. He says the film:
…has an edge, as the most obviously cerebral film in a competition overflowing with genre titles.
He also cals Tahar Rahim from A Prophet the frontrunner for Best Actor award and Giovanna Mezzogiorno of Vincere the frontrunner for Best Actress.
I agree about The White Ribbon as the Palme frontrunner. If the Cannes jury had a history of making the safe choice, like the Academy does, I would say A Prophet would be the frontrunner. The Cannes jury rarely goes for conventional, however.
For Best Actress, though, what about Katie Jarvis from Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank. He mentions her as a contender for the award, but I thought she was one of the best things to come out of Cannes this year?
It’s really hard to tell, but Lim does make some good points – check out his predictions.