As per tradition, the jury for the main competition at Cannes this year is a mixed crowd of glamorous actresses, highly regarded filmmakers and a prominent intellectual or two. France24.com takes you through the roster.
Tim Burton, president: This American filmmaker is widely admired for the distinct big-screen universe, both poetic and playfully sinister, that he has developed through films like Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the recent “Alice and Wonderland”. For more on Burton, see our article.
Kate Beckinsale: Recently elected “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine, this 37-year-old English actress shot to fame with a role alongside Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor and played Ava Gardner in Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator. She is also known for playing the lead role in the ongoing Underworld science fiction saga. No matter that she’s from the Old Continent, or that she has never been a critic’s favourite; Beckinsale adds a touch of old-fashioned Hollywood stardust to this year’s jury.
Giovanna Mezzogiorno: A 36-year-old actress adored in her native Italy, Mezzogiorno is better known beyond Italian borders for plum roles as the scorned wife in Gabriele Mucino’s The Last Kiss (L’ultimo bacio) and, more recently, as Mussolini’s mistress in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere (in competition last year). She will also appear in Wim Wenders’ upcoming Palermo Shooting.
Alberto Barbera: The director of the National Cinema Museum of Turin, this 60-year-old Italian has deep roots in the world of cinema. He was a film critic for the La Gazzetta del Popolo publication in the early 1980s before taking on the role of director of the Turin Film Festival from 1989 to 1998. Barbera then took on the same role, but on a more visible international stage, as director of the Venice Film Festival from 1999 to 2002. He also served on the jury for the Caméra d’Or prize (for best first feature) at Cannes in 1995 and 2004.
Emmanuel Carrère: Representing the literary world on the jury is this noted novelist and essayist from France whose work has been adapted to the big screen by French filmmakers Claude Miller (Class Trip) and Nicole Garcia (The Adversary). Carrère settled into the director’s chair himself in 2005 with The Moustache, a parable about a Parisian’s mid-life crisis, adapted from his own novel.
Benicio Del Toro: This Puerto Rican actor won praise for juicy parts in Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects. But it was his Oscar-winning turn as a tortured cop in Steven Soderbergh’s drug war drama Traffic that really put him on the star map. After attention-grabbing work in films like 21 Grams (for which he earned a second Oscar nomination) and Sin City, Del Toro scored an acting prize at 2008’s Cannes festival for playing the title role in Soderbegh’s biopic Che.
Victor Erice: A rarity in Spanish cinema, this director and screenwriter has only made three feature films released since he worked as a film critic in the 1960s -- 1973’s The Spirit of the Beehive, 1983’s The South and 1992’s The Quince Tree Sun, all of which have been greeted with rapturous praise around the world, the last of which won the third place jury prize nearly two decades ago.
Shekhar Kapur: An acclaimed director in his native India (1994’s Bandit Queen made him a household name in film circles), Kapur shot to international prominence with the period biopic Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I. Since then, his movies (the romantic epic The Four Feathers and the Elizabeth sequel, The Golden Age) have underwhelmed critics, but he remains one of the few Indian filmmakers to have decisively broken through on the Western film scene.
Alexandre Desplat: This internationally renowned composer – and second Frenchman on the jury – has a César award (for The Beat that My Heart Skipped) and three Oscar nominations under his belt (for The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Fantastic Mr. Fox). Desplat’s meteoric rise to the top of the list of most sought-after composers on both sides of the Atlantic has been attributed to his musical versatility; last year alone he was behind scores for French gangster drama A Prophet, period piece Coco Before Chanel, and the latest in the Twilight vampire saga, New Moon.
Atom Egoyan, president (Filmmaker, Canada)
Emmanuelle Devos (Actress, France)
Dinara Droukarova (Actress, Russia)
Carlos Diegues (Director, Brazil)
Marc Recha (Director, Spain)
A Certain Regard:
Claire Denis (Filmmaker, France)
Caméra d'Or (First feature film)
Gael Garcia Bernal (Actor, Mexico)
Date created : 2010-04-23