At the onset of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Ruben Ostlund, a Swedish filmmaker, expressed his personal inclination towards winning his third Palme d’Or, valuing it more than an Oscar, while addressing a room filled with journalists.
However, this year, despite being the previous recipient of the Palme d’Or for his films “Triangle of Sadness” and “The Square,” Ostlund will have to settle for presenting the prestigious award to another filmmaker.
As the president of the jury for the Official Competition of the 76th festival, Ostlund leads a team comprising nine writers, directors, and actors, including Julia Ducournau, who won the Palme d’Or for her film “Titane,” Brie Larson, Rungano Nyoni, a filmmaker from Zambia, Moroccan filmmaker Maryam Touzani, Paul Dano, French actor Denis Menochet, Afghan director Atiq Rahimi, and Argentinian director Damian Szifron.
Throughout the festival, the jury members will watch two to three competition films per day and come together to discuss every three films over the ten-day duration of the event.
The final deliberations and voting for the Palme d’Or, as well as prizes in categories such as acting, writing, and directing, will occur on Saturday, May 27, during the ceremony.
What movie will probably take the biggest award in this year’s festival?
Each juror, including the president, possesses a single vote and is instructed to keep their reactions to the films confidential during the festival. In the past, some jurors have adhered to this rule more strictly than others, leading to rampant speculation and rumors.
Cannes enthusiasts eagerly search for any hints they can find regarding the jury’s preferences, although it can be misleading to make assumptions based on the jurors’ own works.
According to IndieWire, Justine Triet‘s “Anatomy of a Fall”, Jonathan Glazer‘s “The Zone of Interest” and Aki Kaurismaki‘s “Fallen Leaves” could be the three favorites to win the award this year.