Sophie Marceau, Jake Gyllenhall join Cannes film festival 2015 jury

Congrès-et-festivals-Cannes-e1414402234598Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall and France’s Sophie Marceau, as well as cult director Guillermo del Toro are among those judging the films at this year’s Cannes film festival set to open in May.

Other members of the jury, which is being presided over by the Coen brothers, are Canadian director Xavier Dolan, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and Malian composer Rokia Traore.

The jury will choose the winners in a range of acting and film-making categories, including the top prize, the Palme D’Or, presented at the closing ceremony on May 24.

Last week, the organisers of the 68th Cannes Film festival revealed the names of the films in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Four French directors feature among the 16 films. These include Jaqcues Audiard withDheepan, a drama about a Srilankan political refugee living in France. He was last at the festival in 2012’s with Dust and Bone starring Marion Cottilard.  After winning the jury prize for Polisse in 2011, actor/director Maïwenn will be hoping to repeat her success with Mon Roi starring Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot and Louis Garrel.  Also in competition is newcomer Stéphane Brizé with  La Loi du marché headlining Vincent Lindon.  And Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite et Julien features rising star Anaïs Demoustier and Jérémie Elkaïm.

Although not in the competition, the opening film at the festival is also French and  by a woman director for the first time since 1987’s A Man in Love, by Diane Kurys.
The festival runs from 13-24 May.

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