Comebacks look in play across the board
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In a year with this many returning favorite filmmakers, who will emerge as the "most" favorite?
Cannes has a habit of inviting people back to the festival, film after film, and this year feels like a major traffic jam of returning favorites. How are they going to pick a winner when they have Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, the Dardenne Brothers, Michel Hazanavicius, David Cronenberg, Olivier Assayas, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Xavier Dolan all competing this year? Even some of the newer names in the mix, like Naomi Kawase, are returning for a second time with what sounds like very strong work. I don't envy the jury their job this year, because whatever they choose, there are going to be camps of outrage that this or that filmmaker didn't end up taking home the Palme d'Or. Unless there's a clear-cut winner, something that stands head and shoulders above the competition, expect to hear major debates after the awards are finally announced.
- Drew McWeeny