CANNES, France — American movies are faring well this year in Cannes, with the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” holding on to the No. 1 spot in the competition for the Palme d’Or, according to a poll of critics compiled by Screen International. Set in 1960s Greenwich Village, “Davis” focuses on a struggling folk singer who’s a predecessor of Bob Dylan.
Its closest competitor is Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which captures the ennui of high-society Romans in the present day while paying homage to the classic “La Dolce Vita.”
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