Cannes 2021 Contenders: Here’s a Look at the Likely Winners

While the pandemic failed to vanquish awards season in 2020, one key prize was left out of the picture.

For many filmmakers, the Palme d’Or is the most revered accolade on the planet, and in 2019, it set the bar high.

After Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the Competition and went on to commercial and critical success — not to mention that historic Oscar for Best Picture — many expected that it would place renewed focus on Cannes as a major launchpad for international cinema.

That didn’t happen in 2020, as the festival canceled its physical edition, but it’s back to business as usual in 2021.With Spike Lee as its president, the return of the Cannes Competition looks to be one of the most unpredictable in years.

He’s joined by an international group of filmmakers and actors, mostly women, whose work suggest a wide array of sensibilities in play: The other directors are Mati Diop,

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