Director Ken Loach's last minute submission for this year's Palme D'Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival, is now the favourite to win the prestigious prize. The film called Route Irish as about two ex-soliders from Liverpool contracted out to help in Iraq. One of the soldiers dies while on assignment and the other rejects the government's official positioning on his mate's passing. He then decides to do his own investigation. Loach last won the presitigious Palme D'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which subsequently got ignored at the Oscars, but he is a Cannes darling.
The film I'm keeping a tab on most is Doug Liman's Fair Game starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, based on the memoirs of disgraced CIA agent Valerie Plame. Oddsmakers are listing the film at 10-1 to win the Palme D'Or, making it far from being the favourite... but there's still a chance. Last year's winner The White Ribbon by German director Michael Haneke won the award, and was heavily favoured to win Best Foreign Picture at the Oscars this year subsequently, but falling short.