Ok, its been days since I blogged from Cannes...but why not buzz on the final day of the fest...
In an indieWIRE article today, I asked whether Pedro will win the Palme d'Or tonight when the Festival de Cannes comes to a close. Posing the question to a leading film critic this afternoon at a screening, he told me, "Yes, but not Almodovar..."
Apparently there is some buzz that the jury will "go out on a limb" (to use the words the critic told me were spoken recently by one of the jurors). He added that a number of jurors favor "Juventude Em Marcha" by Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, saying that they were seen giving the film an enthusiastic applause at the end of its screening.
Such speculation is quite common on awards day in Cannes, as everyone who has been in the festival bubble for nearly two weeks speculates wildly about what the jury will decide. And for what its worth, after the re-screening of "Babel" today, the film was given the one of the warmest receptions I've seen for a Cannes film this year. But no one in that room is on the jury, so we'll just have to wait about 4 more hours to find out who the winner is.