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Which Cannes Film Will Win The Palme D’Or?

By Ashley Hume
Posted On May 15, 2016
Which Cannes Film Will Win The Palme D’Or?

The Cannes Film Festival may be the backdrop for stunning gowns, glitzy yacht parties, and A-List celebrity red carpet appearances but at the festival, all eyes are on the real prize, the Palme D’Or.

This year, 21 international films are in contention to win the highest prize awarded at the festival. Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller will head the nine-member jury, which also includes Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis, and Donald Sutherland.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock Jury members Kirsten Dunst, Laszlo Nemes, Vanessa Paradis, Arnaud Desplechin, Donald Sutherland, Mads Mikkelsen, Valeria Golino, Katayoon Shahabi and Georges Miller
Photo Credit: Shutterstock. Jury members Kirsten Dunst, Laszlo Nemes, Vanessa Paradis, Arnaud Desplechin, Donald Sutherland, Mads Mikkelsen, Valeria Golino, Katayoon Shahabi and Georges Miller

Here’s a quick guide to all of the films competing for the most coveted award at Cannes. Which one do you think should take home the Palme D’Or?

  • American Honey Star (Sasha Lane) runs away from home and travels around the American Midwest selling magazine subscriptions with a gang of teenagers including Jake (Shia LaBeouf). Country: United Kingdom. Director: Andrea Arnold.
  • Aquarius Clara, a 65-year-old Brazilian widow and the last remaining resident of Aquarius, a historic apartment building, fights a mysterious corporation trying to make her vacate her home. Country: Brazil. Director: Kleber Mendonca Filho.
  • Bacalaureat A small-town doctor (Adrian Titieni) struggles with the principles he taught his daughter, an aspiring scholar, after she is assaulted. Country: Romania. Director: Cristian Mungiu.
  • Elle A ruthless businesswoman (Isabelle Huppert) becomes the victim of an attack and decides to track down her assailant. Country: France. Director: Peter Verhoeven.
  • Forshande A couple moves to a new apartment building in the center of Tehran and find themselves affected by an issue involving the previous tenant. Country: France, Iran. Director: Asghar Farhadi.
  • I, Daniel Blake Daniel Blake and single mom Katie navigate the complicated welfare system in Great Britain. Country: United Kingdom. Director: Ken Loach.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock. Rebecca O'Brien, Dave Johns, Ken Loach, Hayley Squires and Paul Laverty
Photo Credit: Splash News. I, Daniel Blake cast members Rebecca O’Brien, Dave Johns, Ken Loach, Hayley Squires and Paul Laverty.
  • Julieta After their family suffers a terrible loss, Julieta and her daughter Antia are torn apart by grief. When Antia runs away, Julieta sets out to find her. Country: Spain. Director: Pedro Almodovar.
  • Juste La Fin Du Monde/It’s Only The End Of The World A terminally ill writer faces an uneasy family reunion when he returns home to announce his impending death after 12 years of absence. Country: Canada, France. Director: Xavier Dolan.
  • La Fille Inconnue/The Unknown Girl Jenny, a young doctor, hears the doorbell ring one night but doesn’t answer. She finds out the next day that an unidentified dead woman was discovered nearby. Country: Belgium, France. Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
  • Loving An interracial couple defend their right to marry and take their case all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967. Country: United States. Director: Jeff Nichols.
  • Ma Loute/Slack Bay Several tourists have disappeared on the Channel Coast in the summer of 1910 and inspectors believe the epicenter is at the small fishing community of Slack Bay. Country: France, Germany. Director: Bruno Dumont.
Photo Credit: Splash News. Juliette Binoche at the Ma Loute/Slack Bay premiere
Photo Credit: Splash News. Juliette Binoche at the Ma Loute/Slack Bay premiere
  • Ma’ Rosa Mother of four, Ma’ Rosa and her husband make ends meet by reselling narcotics. After they are arrested by corrupt police, Ma’Rosa and her children try to buy her freedom. Country: Phillipines. Director: Brillante Mendoza.
  • Mademoiselle/The Handmaiden An heiress falls in love with her maid, who is secretly part of a plot to destroy her. Country: South Korea. Director: Park Chan-wook.
Photo Credit: Splash News. Mademoiselle cast Cho Jin-Woong, Kim Tae-Ri, Park Chan-Wook, Kim Min-Hee and Ha Jung-Woo.
Photo Credit: Splash News. Mademoiselle cast Cho Jin-Woong, Kim Tae-Ri, Park Chan-Wook, Kim Min-Hee and Ha Jung-Woo.
  • From The Land of the Moon Gabrielle is unhappy in her arranged marriage and develops feelings for a war veteran she meets at a spa in the Alps. Country: France, Belgium. Director: Nicole Garcia.
  • Paterson Paterson, a New Jersey bus driver and poet, shares a supportive and loving relationship with his wife Laura. Country: United States. Director: Jim Jarmusch.
  • Personal Shopper Maureen (Kristen Stewart) hates her job as a celebrity’s personal shopper. While in Paris, she waits for a sign from her deceased twin brother’s spirit. Country: France. Director: Olivier Assayas.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock. Kristen Stewart stars in Palme D'Or nominated film Personal Shopper.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock. Kristen Stewart stars in Palme D’Or nominated film Personal Shopper.
  • Staying Vertical Filmmaker Leo becomes a single father after a tryst while searching for a wolf in the south of France. Country: France. Director: Alain Guiraudie.
  • Sieranevada Three days after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks and 40 days after the death of his father, Lary attends a difficult family gathering. Country: Romania. Director: Cristi Puiu.
  • The Last Face A relief aid doctor and the director of an international aid organization try to overcome obstacles to their love in war-torn Liberia. Country: United States. Director: Sean Penn.
  • The Neon Demon Aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) becomes the victim of a group of beauty-obsessed women who devour her youth after she moves to Los Angeles. Country: United States. Director: Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • Toni Erdmann A father plays practical jokes on his busy daughter to get her attention. Country: Germany. Director: Maren Ade.