We've long since known that the Cannes jury would be headlined by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, better known as The Coen Bros, the world's most famous sibling auteurs (though not the only of course: see also the Wachowski siblings, the Dardenne Bros, and more). We now know who'll be joining their jury and therefore deciding those incredibly prestigious prizes like the Palme D'Or, the Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, Best Actress and more.
As usual the jury is a mix of directors from multiple countries, one non-actor/non-director, and a beautiful actress or, um, three. In fact the jury is almost half women this year. The jury is, from top left:
- Joel & Ethan Coen (US), filmmakers
How many masterpieces would you say they're up to now?
- Rossy de Palma (Spain), actress
You know and love this Picasso-assymetrical godess from Almodóvar's oeuvre
- Guillermo del Toro (Mexico), writer/director
Of Pan's Labyrinth & Hellboy fame. Can't wait for Crimson Peak.
- Xavier Dolan (Canada), writer/director/producer/actor/costumedesigner
The film world's youngest all-purpose cinematic godsend
- Jake Gyllenhaal (US), actor/object-of-obsessions
He's testing his range and still hasn't found his limits. He's only getting better. This is a good get for a super actor whose entire family is in the biz.
- Sophie Marceau (France), actress/director
One time Bond girl and Braveheart co-star, diversified into directing in her home country
- Sienna Miller (UK), actress
Her career is on the upswing after starring in two Oscar favorites last year
- Rokia Traoré (Mali), composer
She doesn't have many film credits but you can learn about this African goddess here
With more actresses than usual and two men (Jake & Xavier) who are every bit as gorgeous as your typical Cannes jury actress this is an unusually easy-on-the-eyes jury. Will their various aesthetics mix well or will the jury awards be a series of compromises? We shall always wonder... even after the official prizes are handed out late next month since they don't exactly let press into the jury room.