A very gender correct four men and four women join Mad Max director George Miller to make up this year’s Cannes official jury.
All bar one of the jury members announced have strong connections with Cannes. They are:
- French director Arnaud Desplechin, whose A Christmas Tale saw Catherine Deneuve awarded at Cannes. Desplechin recently won the César for Best Director for My Golden Days
- American actress Kirsten Dunst, who won the Best Actress Award at Cannes 2011 for Melancholia, back in the days when Lars von Trier wasn’t persona non grata
- Italian actress and directorValeria Golino, whose first film as director, Miele, screened in Un Certain Regard, winning the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
- Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, winner of Cannes Best Actor award in Thomas Vinterberg’s 2012 The Hunt,
- Hungarian writer and director László Nemes, whose debut feature Son of Saul won the Grand Prix at Cannes last year, before taking this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
- French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, who’s appeared in several award-winning French features.
- Iranian Katayoon Shahabi, who produced Ida Panahandeh’s 2015 Un Certain Regard title Nahid.
- Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, cast member in Robert Altman’s 1970 Palme d’Or winner M*A*S*H
The 2016 Cannes Film Festival will run 11 – 22 May, handing out its awards on the closing evening.