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Wednesday, 8th May 2013
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Japanese directors up for Palme D'Or prize

The coveted Palme D'Or award which is given to the best feature film at the annual Cannes Film Festival could be won by a Japanese director. Both Hirokazu Kore-eda and Takashi Miike have features which are nominees for the prize.

Hirokazu Kore-eda is hoping his family drama Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father Like Son) will scoop the award, while Takashi Miike is no doubt hopeful that his crime thriller Wara no Tate (Straw Shield) will take it.

The films are up against some tough competition not least from Baz Lurhman's big budget adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.  

Last year the prize was awarded to Austrian director Michael Haneke for his film Amour which relates the tale of an elderly couple whose love is tested when one of them becomes seriously ill.

This year's festival is set to take place between May 15th and May 26th and the President of the Jury is set to be world-renowned film director Steven Spielberg.

Written by  Graham McPherson

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