Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors, screenwriters and producers, will be the two Presidents of the Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes.

This year they will be joined by seven key figures in world cinema from Canada, Spain, the United States, France, Mali, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

The Jury will thus be made up of nine distinctive voices – four women and five men – each with the same voting rights.

Their task will be to decide among the films in Competition and select the prize winners, culminating in the Palme d’or, which will be announced on stage during the Festival Closing Ceremony on Sunday 24th May.

Joel & Ethan Coen – Presidents
(Directors, Writers, Producers – United States)

Rossy de Palma (Actress – Spain)

Sophie Marceau (Actress, Director – France)

Sienna Miller (Actress – United Kingdom)

Rokia Traoré (Composer, Singer-songwriter – Mali)

Guillermo del Toro (Director, Writer, Producer – Mexico)

Xavier Dolan (Director, Writer, Producer, Actor – Canada)

Jake Gyllenhaal (Actor – United States)

Rossy de Palma
Actress – Spain
She is an icon of Spanish cinema and Pedro Almodóvar’s muse: she inspired his 1986 film Law of Desire, performed in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Kika and The Flower of my Secret (nominated for two Goya Awards), and Broken Embraces (Official Selection: 2009 Festival de Cannes). She rose to international acclaim in the early 1990s with directors like Robert Altman, Mike Figgis, Patrice Leconte and Mehdi Charef. She is set to appear in Pedro Almodóvar’s next film.

Sophie Marceau
Actress, Director – France
After winning a Cesar for Best “Espoir” at the age of 16 for Claude Pinoteau’s La Boum 2, her career grows with success in both mainstream and author cinema. Films include Police by Maurice Pialat, and L’Amour braque by Andrzej Żuławski. She achieved international acclaim for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (1995) and Bond movie – The World Is Not Enough (1999). Other notable credits include Don’t Look Back directed by Marina de Van – presented at the Festival de Cannes in 2009. With a career of over 40 films, she has also written and directed two feature films, Parlez-moi d’amour (2002) et La Disparue de Deauville (2007).

Sienna Miller
Actress – United Kingdom
Experienced in both theater and cinema, she first gained recognition with her role in Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake (2004). She performed on Broadway in “Cabaret” by Sam Mendes. She starred in Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller which debuted at the 2014 Festival de Cannes and American Sniper by Clint Eastwood. She recently finished filming High Rise by Ben Wheatley.

Rokia Traoré
Composer, Singer-songwriter – Mali
The inimitable Mali-born musician and singer Rokia Traoré has charted a distinctive course between tradition and modernity. Influenced by a nomadic childhood spent between Europe, the Middle East and Mali, the first CD by this singer songwriter with the captivating voice, Mouneïssa (1998), was highly acclaimed. In Wanita (2000), Bowmboï (2003), Tchamantché (2008) and Beautiful Africa (2013), Rokia Traoré drew on unprecedented combinations of instruments such as the balafon, the n’goni, the electric guitar and drums. Her openness to wide-ranging artistic collaborations is ample proof that music is her only continent.

Guillermo del Toro
Director, Writer, Producer - Mexico
Guillermo del Toro is one of the most inventive among the new generation of Mexican directors, alongside Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Del Toro, who started out as a make-up artist and special effects specialist, now lives in the United States. His filmography boasts a rich array of distinctive and flamboyant works shot through with fantasy and imagination, from Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone and Blade II to Hellboy. Guillermo del Toro presented Cronos, his first feature film, in a parallel section at Cannes. Pan’s Labyrinth was selected in Competition in 2006.

Xavier Dolan
Director, Writer, Producer, Actor – Canada
After shooting his first feature film, I Killed My Mother, at 20, he directed Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways, both of which received an enthusiastic reception when selected for Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes. Tom at the Farm was shown at the Venice Film Festival, where he was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. His latest film Mommy has garnered the Jury Prize at last year’s Festival de Cannes and the César for Best Foreign Feature. Xavier Dolan is now working on his next feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

Jake Gyllenhaal
Actor, United States
Jake Gyllenhaal was raised in a family of artists and made his cinema debut aged 11. He came to public attention in 2001 in Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko and built a career composed of both independent films and blockbusters. Considered one of Hollywood’s increasingly bankable stars, he appeared in Jarhead by Sam Mendes, then Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (Golden Lion in Venice) and in Zodiac by David Fincher, selected at the Festival de Cannes in 2007. He has recently appeared in two thrillers directed by Denis Villeneuve: Prisoners and Enemy along with Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler.

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