Jill Lawless with the Associated Press is tweeting from Cannes. Here is some speculation”
The French Riviera is a magnet for gamblers, so it’s no surprise that oddsmakers are speculating furiously about who will win prizes from the Cannes Film Festival jury headed by Steven Spielberg.
Journalist and Cannes betting expert Neil Young ranks “Grisgris,” by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, the early favorite for the Palme d’Or prize at 5-1. That is followed by “The Past,” from Iran’s Asghar Farhadi — who won an Academy Award for “A Separation” — at 11-2 and U.S. director James Gray’s 1920s New York story “The Immigrant” at 13-2.
Other frontrunners are “Like Father, Like Son” from Korean director Kore-eda Hirokazu; Arnaud Desplechin’s “Jimmy P,” with Benicio del Toro as a traumatized Native American war veteran; and Alexander Payne’s road movie “Nebraska.”
But none of those films has even screened yet, and the odds are sure to change often before the prizes are handed out May 26.
—Jill Lawless, Twitter: http://Twitter.com/JillLawless