Cannes is just three weeks away and the final jury lineup has been announced. We knew Steven Spielberg would head the jury but his team was still semi-secret. They are...
- Daniel Auteuil (French actor/director)
- Vidya Balan (Indian actress)
- Naomi Kawase (Japanese director)
- Nicole Kidman (Australian actress/producer)
- Ang Lee (Taiwanese director/producer/scriptwriter)
- Cristian Mungiu (Romanian scriptwriter/director/producer)
- Lynne Ramsay (British scriptwriter/director/producer)
- Steven Spielberg (American director) PRESIDENT OF JURY
- Christoph Waltz (Austrian Actor)
Only one thing is certain about the outcome based on the composition of the team: By May 26th, Nicki's auteur lust will devour their collective imagination and they'll surely be competing for her hand in filmmaking. Which one of these directors will she work with next? (I mean, besides Steven Spielberg who Kate Capshaw aside, isn't particularly excited by actresses.) Can her first Romanian picture be far off? I'd most love to see what Lynne Ramsay could wrangle out of Kidman but I assume that Ramsay might have difficulty getting funding for her next picture given the ugly fallout from her sudden departure from Jane Got a Gun.
Some years ago I made this visual and it still applies. But you just change the names as the years go by and Kidman recalibrates her attacks. Always plotting for legacy, that one!
Despite the media blitz that accompanies Cannes headliners, the competition jury is never the only jury at Cannes. It's just the one with all the headliners. There are multiple less glitzy but not necessarily less talented juries overseeing other prizes as well.
Short Films Jury
- Maji-da Abdi (Ethiopian actress/producer)
- Jane Campion (New Zealand, director) PRESIDENT OF JURY
- Nandita Das (Indian actress/director)
- Semith Kaplanoglu (Turkey, writer/director/producer)
Un Certain Regard Jury
This jury decides who to spotlight in the realm of up-and-coming filmmakers (the ones Cannes isn't yet ready to include in the Competition lineup. Last year their prize went to the Mexican feature After Lucia which Amir wrote about here.) This jury lineup has not yet been announced but Thomas Vinterberg that handsome Dane who made the dogme masterpiece Festen (A Celebration) in the late 90s and whose current feature The Hunt is winning him the best reviews he's seen since that startling debut will preside over this jury.
Can't wait to see which films they all embrace... and which auteurs win Nicole Kidman's hand.