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Will the only female director ever to win the Palme d'Or crown the second?
It's been 21 years since New Zealand auteur Jane Campion became the first woman ever to win the Palme d'Or for "The Piano," and she remained the only one until last year -- when, in a history-making move, "Blue is the Warmest Color" stars Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos shared the award with their director. That was an anomaly that didn't do anything to quell the annual protests over the under-representation of female filmmakers at the festival -- and with Campion as this year's jury president (and more women than men on the panel), many are wondering if she'll steer the award toward a woman to underline the point. The odds don't favor it, not least because there are only two women in Competition. Still, at least one of them likes her chances: Japan's Naomi Kawase, A Grand Prix winner in 2007, has declared "Still the Water" her "masterpiece," and admits her eyes are firmly fixed on the Palme.
- Guy Lodge