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Cannes race heads for photo finish for Palme d'Or

Published on May 24, 2014 4:45 PM
(From left) Director Andrey Zvyagintsev, actress Elena Lyadova and actor Vladimir Vdovichenkov arrive for the screening of Leviathan during the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, May 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

CANNES, France (AFP) - The 67th Cannes Film Festival awards its top prizes on Saturday with a Canadian prodigy, a Russian corruption critic, Belgian brothers, a Turkish husband-and-wife team and a British veteran tipped for glory.

Eighteen contenders are in the running for the coveted Palme d'Or gong for best picture, but unlike previous races, no obvious winner emerged during the 12-day event in this French Riviera resort.

"Two years ago Amour crushed everything in sight, last year Blue Is The Warmest Colour crushed everything in sight," Jean-Philippe Guerand of Film Francais magazine told AFP, referring to the last two winners.

"This time around there are no such overpowering films," he added, looking to a nailbiting finish at the world's biggest cinema showcase.

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