French director Arnaud Desplechin, American actress Kirsten Dunst and veteran actor Donald Sutherland have been chosen as members ot this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury under the watchful eye of its president, Australian Mad Max director George Miller. With just days to go before the high-profile festival opens on the French Riviera, other members of the jury judging the 20 films in compeition include Katayoon Shahabi, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes and Valeria Golino.
Shahabi is the Iranian film producer behind Sherherazad Media International which has become Iran’s most important private film distribution company. In 2011 she was arrested on charges of allegedly giving the BBC images which gave a negative image of Iran. She was eventually released after spending three months in prison.
Danish actor Mikkelsen is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2012 he won Best Male actor for his role as a teacher wrongly accused of being a paedophile in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt.
Paradis has appeared in a string of hits at the French box-office including Pascal Chaumeil’s Hearbreaker opposite Romain Duris. She is also has a successful singing career. Her song “Joe Le Taxi” brought her success in 15 countries at the age of 14.
Golino is an Italian actor, director and film who has appeared in a several interationally successful films including Rain Main and Hot Shots! She made her directorial debut in 2013 with Miele which was screened at Cannes in the Un certain Regard compeititon.
Hungarian director and writer Nemes won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2015 with Son of Saul which went on to win the Best Foreign Film award at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The film was the 39-year-old’s first in the director’s chair.
Woody Allen’s latest comedy Café Society opens this year’s festival which takes place between 11-22 May.