Cannes Film Festival 2024: what if the Palme d’Or went to the Iranian film directed by dissident Mohammad Rasolof?

Cannes Film Festival 2024: what if the Palme d’Or went to the Iranian film directed by dissident Mohammad Rasolof?
Cannes Film Festival 2024: what if the Palme d’Or went to the Iranian film directed by dissident Mohammad Rasolof?

Shown on Friday in the presence of its dissident Iranian director Mohammad Rasolof, who clandestinely fled his country where he was destined to end up in prison, the film “The Seeds of the Wild Fig Tree” seems well on its way to winning the 2024 Palme d’Or. made some predictions for you…

As is often the case, it is in the very last straight that the Palme d’Or is played out. This could well be the case during the 77th Cannes Film Festival which will end this evening. Yesterday morning, at the Palais, all the journalists were waiting with great impatience for the official competition screening of the Seeds of the wild fig tree, the film by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof. And all the more so since the director managed to reach the Croisette after having just fled his country at the cost of a risky journey through the mountains. He was recently sentenced on appeal to eight years in prison, five of which were applicable, and deprived of his passport for “collusion against national security”.

A strong hymn to freedom

Rasoulof, 52, found refuge in Germany and joined Cannes to defend his film. With good reason since his clandestine film, a political and family thriller which tells the story of an investigating judge sinking into paranoia at the time when demonstrations break out in the capital Tehran, is a success. Despite its length (2 hours 48 minutes), this exciting, emotional work takes you from start to finish.

At the end of the press screening, the film was warmly applauded. Just like yesterday afternoon when the director climbed the steps with his daughter Baran, and the Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who has lived in exile in France for fifteen years. In short, it smells good for Wild fig tree seeds (no release date yet), favorite in the race for the Palme d’Or. The whole question is whether the jury chaired by American director Greta Gerwig will be sensitive to this or not in the current political context.

Other candidates are in the running for the Palme award. On the French side, we are thinking of Emilia Perez by Jacques Audiard, musical comedy/thriller in Spanish which caused a sensation on the Croisette, but which the international press received less enthusiastically. On the American side, we are seriously considering Anora by Sean Baker, the story of a New York stripper and the son of a Russian oligarch who decide to get married on a whim. Without forgetting, the excellent The Apprentice by director Ali Abbasi, with triple Iranian, Danish and Swedish nationality, biopic on the young Donald Trump before he got involved in politics. Sebastian Stan who plays him has a strong chance of winning the Best Actor Prize, while Karla Sofia Gascon for her performance in Emilia Perez is well placed for the Female Actor Prize. Answer(s) this Saturday from 6:45 p.m., live on France 2.

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