The organizers of the 76th Cannes International Film Festival announced the members of the main competition jury.
The announcement of the 76th Cannes International Film Festival’s main competition jury has film enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the upcoming event. This year’s jury is comprised of eight talented filmmakers from various parts of the world, bringing together diverse perspectives and experiences to evaluate the 21 films in competition. Let’s take a closer look at each of the members.
Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish director who will preside over the jury, is known for his bold and thought-provoking films that often critique contemporary society. His 2017 film «The Square» won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, so he is no stranger to the festival’s high standards. Ostlund’s keen eye for visual detail and his ability to elicit strong performances from his actors make him an ideal leader for this year’s jury.
Joining Ostlund is Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, whose 2019 debut feature «Adam» premiered at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. The film tells the story of a young girl who befriends a pregnant woman hiding from society’s judgment. Touzani’s exploration of female relationships and her ability to capture the nuances of everyday life make her a promising addition to the jury.
French actor Denis Menochet is also on the jury this year. He has appeared in several acclaimed films, including «Inglourious Basterds» and «Robin Hood.» Menochet’s experience as an actor will bring valuable insight into the craft of filmmaking and the performances of the actors in the competition.
Zambian-British director and screenwriter Rungano Nyoni made a splash with her 2017 debut feature «I Am Not a Witch,» which premiered at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight section. The film explores issues of gender and identity in a surreal and haunting way, showcasing Nyoni’s unique vision as a filmmaker.
American actress and director Brie Larson is also part of the jury. Larson won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in «Room» and has since taken on challenging and varied roles in films like «Short Term 12» and «Captain Marvel.» Her experience as an actor and director will provide a valuable perspective on the art of filmmaking.
Paul Dano, an American actor known for his roles in films like «Little Miss Sunshine» and «There Will Be Blood,» will also be on the jury this year. Dano recently made his directorial debut with «Wildlife,» which premiered at Sundance in 2018. His understanding of both acting and directing will be invaluable in evaluating the films in competition.
Afghan writer Atiq Rahimi is another member of the jury. Rahimi won the Prix Goncourt in 2008 for his novel «Syngué sabour. Pierre de patience» and has since gone on to make several films. His unique perspective as a writer and filmmaker from Afghanistan will be an important contribution to the jury’s evaluation process.
Argentine director and screenwriter Damian Szifron is known for his 2014 film «Wild Tales,» which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Szifron’s ability to blend comedy and tragedy in his films will bring a unique perspective to the jury’s discussions.
Finally, French director Julia Ducournau will round out the jury. Ducournau’s 2016 film «Raw» premiered at Cannes in the Critics’ Week section and won the FIPRESCI Prize. The film explores issues of identity and desire in a visceral and unsettling way. Ducournau’s bold and unapologetic filmmaking style will be a welcome addition to the jury.
With such a talented and diverse group of filmmakers on the jury, the 76th Cannes International Film Festival promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking event.
by Vera Kamenkova