“Cannes or any other major festival is basically an animal in its own nature, creating very specific perceptions of films in a moment.” — Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexican Filmmaker, Jury President of 2019 Cannes Film Festival)
The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival is currently underway and Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu is this year’s jury president, tasked with deciding what film will take home the festival’s grand prize — the Palme d’Or (French for the Golden Palm). Every year, Hollywood’s luminaries flock to the resort city of Cannes located in the French Riviera to see the premiere screenings for some of the year’s most important films. American writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s highly anticipated zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die” was the first film to screen this year, but so far the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” has stolen the show. With more than fifty films vying for the highest award, competition will be quite stiff for this year’s Palme d’Or.