Cannes film festival race wide open in final hours
CANNES, France (AFP) - A jury headed by Steven Spielberg kept everyone guessing which film would take the Palme d'Or at the close Sunday of the Cannes Film Festival, with an epic lesbian love story, a Coen Brothers dark comedy and a blood-spattered critique of Chinese society the leading contenders.
Spielberg's panel, packed with fellow Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee and Christoph Waltz among other luminaries, was deliberating in a secluded villa in the hills above the French Riviera resort.
Twenty films featured in competition at the world's top cinema showcase, and reviewers said at least a quarter of them looked like possible winners of the coveted Golden Palm.
"It's a testament to the strength of this year's competition slate... that no single runaway favourite seems to have declared itself," wrote film industry bible Variety.