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Potential Oscar winners test the waters at Cannes

Potential Oscar winners test the waters at Cannes. Picture: IANS

Potential Oscar winners test the waters at Cannes. Picture: IANS

Published May 19, 2022

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The 75th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival witnesses the return of international auteurs, Palme d'Or winning filmmakers, potential summer blockbusters, and many films that will, if everything breaks their way, be campaigning for the Academy Award during the fall, reports ‘Variety’.

The track record for Palme d'Or winners going onto Oscar success has varied over the years.

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Over the past two decades, according to Variety, Roman Polanski's “The Pianist”, Terrence Malick's “The Tree of Life”, Michael Haneke's “Amour” and Bong Joon-ho's “Parasite” have received best picture nominations.

However, “Parasite” is one of only two Cannes winners that has managed to break it at the Oscars, with the other being “Marty”.

Asian auteur Park Chan-wook is back on the scene with his long-anticipated “Decision to Leave” from Mubi. The film stars the criminally underrated Tang Wei, who delivered an incredible performance in Ang Lee's “Lust, Caution” in a role that should have made her a much bigger star, and Park Hae-il, fantastic in “The Host”, ‘Variety’ reports.

Michelle Williams, who is set to play Steven Spielberg's mother in “The Fabelmans” later this year, is re-teaming with director Kelly Reichardt on the Croisette, with the in-competition film “Showing Up”.

Fresh off winning Kenneth Branagh an Oscar for original screenplay with “Belfast”, Focus Features is hoping to mirror that success with James Gray's “Armageddon Time”.

Michelle Williams in a scene from ‘Showing Up’. IANS

With a heavyweight cast, including Oscar-winners Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins, the personal drama about Gray's childhood could lead to awards season glory.

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Gray is revered in France, but his auteur creed has never translated into major success with the Academy Awards or with the US audiences for that matter.

Warner Bros’ will bring the life of Elvis Presley with the biopic “Elvis” starring Austin Butler and two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks.

Likely to draw comparisons to “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018), the Baz Luhrmann drama could be a box-office draw, based on the King of Rock's mega-selling catalogue.

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