The 77th Cannes Film Festival is heating up as critics and audiences react to new films, and awards season buzz grows.

An unexpected favorite has emerged in the competition for the Palme d'Or, the festival's highest prize.

"The Seed of the Sacred Fig," directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, has received positive reviews and is being touted as a frontrunner for the top award. The film, which depicts the breakdown of a family in Iran, has garnered strong reviews and was acquired by Neon mid-festival.

Additionally, "All We Imagine as Light," a film about the friendship between two women in Mumbai, is the first Indian film to premiere in the Cannes competition in 30 years. It is also the first Indian competition film directed by a woman.

On the other hand, "The Apprentice," a villain origin story

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