The organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have confirmed the film-makers who will join the Australian actress Cate Blanchett in choosing the winners of the main prizes, including the Palme d’Or, at next month’s event.
One of the most highly sought-after female directors in Hollywood, Selma‘s Ava DuVernay, has been named as a jury member, alongside Canada’s Denis Villeneuve, who directed Blade Runner 2049 and the Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose drama Loveless played at Cannes last year – and went on to win the best film prize at the London Film Festival, as well as contesting the Oscars.
They’ll be joined by the American actress Kristen Stewart, who was last seen at Cannes two years ago, in Personal Shopper, and the French actress Léa Seydoux, most recently seen on the Croisette in Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, but best known internationally for Spectre and The Lobster.
The other jury members will be the French director Robert Guédiguian, the Chinese actor Chang Chen, the Burundian singer, Khadja Nin.
The five women and four men, from seven countries across five continents, will reveal the prize winners at the closing ceremony of the festival, on 19th May.