One of the most prestigious events in the film industry’s calendar, the Cannes Film Festival, runs until Sunday, 26th May, 2013, when the winner of the Palme d’Or will be announced.
There has already been a high level of betting at UK bookmakers as punters speculate as to the winner.
Bookmakers such as Paddy Power, the Irish sports betting and online gambling giant, have given two films, the Japanese Like Father, Like Son / Soshite chichi ni naru (Hirokazu Koreeda) and the Iranian The Past / Le Passe (Asghar Farhadi), the lead.
Both films are on top of Paddy Power’s list of favorites to win the Palme D’Or at 5 / 2.
The Immigrant, which has a 1920’s New York storyline, follows close behind the first two films.
Despite the fact that Steven Spielberg has not had a movie at the Cannes Festival in decades, he will head the jury that will determine the outright winner. Nicole Kidman and Taiwanese contemporary filmmaker, Ang Lee, are also on the panel.
According to Robbie Collin, a film critic for the UK publication, The Telegraph, the makeup of the jury could possibly give punters a few hints regarding the types of films could win the Palme d’Or.
Collin added that it is very difficult to choose the best film so early on in the festival due to the fact that nobody has seen many of the films that are being screened, but by looking at the jury, one can draw some conclusions from the type of films you think they might enjoy.