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The 19 Films Up For Cannes’ Queer Palm Award: Will a Lesbian-Interest Film Finally Win?

The 19 Films Up For Cannes' Queer Palm Award: Will a Lesbian-Interest Film Finally Win?

An all-female jury led by “Appropriate Behaviour” director Desiree Akhavan will decide the winner of the 6th annual Queer Palm awards, which has 12 films in the running for best feature honors and 7 for best short.

Previous winners have included Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom,” Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways,”  Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger By The Lake” and — last year — Matthew Warchus’s “Pride.” Though lesbians do feature in the latter, the award has been dominated by male-centric films in its first half decade. Even “Blue is the Warmest Color” lost to “Stranger” despite winning the Palme D’Or.

But 2015 seems like a very good bet to change that, with its “appropriately” female-led jury that also includes journalists Ava Cahen and Elli Mastorou, producer Nadia Turincev and actress Laëtitia Eïdo heavily favored to go with Todd Haynes’ period lesbian drama “Carol.” Though “Carol” — and most of the other 11 films in contention — have yet to be seen, anything topping it would come as a major surprise, though one we’d welcome if it means an unexpected new LGBT gem.

Here’s the full list of films up for the Queer Palm. We’ll have the winner come next Saturday, May 23rd.

Main Competition
Carol, Todd Haynes, USA and UK 
Marguerite et Julien, Valérie Donzelli, France

Midnight Screenings
Amy, Asif Kapadia, UK (documentary)
Love, Gaspar Noé, France

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 
Dope, Rick Famuyiwa, USA 
Much Loved, Nabil Ayouch, Morocco and France
Mustang, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France, Germany and Turkey

Semaine de la Critique
Les Deux amis, Louis Garrel, France
Ni le ciel, ni la terre (The Wakhan Front), Clément Cogitore, France and Belgium

De l’ombre il y a, Nathan Nicholovitch, France
Pauline s’arrache, Emilie Brisavoine, France (documentary)
La Vanité, Lionel Baier, Switzerland and France

Short Films
Le Repas Dominical (Sunday Lunch), Céline Devaux, France 13′ – Short Films Competition
Locas Perdidas (Lost Queens), Ignacio Juricic Merillán, Chile, 28′ – Cinéfondation 
Victor XX, Ian Garrido López, Spain, 20′- Cinéfondation
Kung Fury, David Sandberg, Sweden, 30′ – Quinzaine
Rate Me, Fyzal Boulifa, UK, 15′ – Quinzaine
The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might, Lucky Kuswandi, Indonesia – Semaine 
Ramona, Andrei Cretulescu, Romania

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