Jury of 71st Cannes Film Fes­ti­val an­nounced

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Ad­ham Youssef

Fac­ing a re­newed com­pe­ti­tion which presents film­mak­ers who will com­pete for the first time and oth­ers who are veter­ans in the in­dus­try, the jury of the of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tion of the next edi­tion of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in­cludes five women and four men of seven dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties span­ning five con­ti­nents, un­der the pres­i­dency of Aus­tralian ac­tress and pro­ducer Cate Blanchett.

The list in­cludes Chi­nese ac­tor Chang Chen; Amer­i­can writer, di­rec­tor, and pro­ducer Ava Du­Ver­nay; French di­rec­tor, writer, and pro­ducer Robert Guédigu­ian; Bu­run­dian song­writer, com­poser, and singer Khadja Nin; French ac­tress Léa Sey­doux; Amer­i­can ac­tress Kris­ten Ste­wart; Cana­dian di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve; Rus­sian di­rec­tor An­drey Zvyag­int­sev; and Chi­nese ac­tor Chang Chen.

Chang Chen

Chang Chen made his film de­but in the late Ed­ward Yang’s A Brighter Sum­mer Day. He rose to fame in Ang Lee’s Crouch­ing Tiger,H id­den Dragon in 2000. His film cred­its in­clude Wong Kar Wai’s Happy To­gether (1997), 2046 (2004), The Grand­mas­ter (2013), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Three Times (2005) and The As­sas­sin (2015),Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Go Mas­ter (2006) John Woo’s Red Cliff (2008-2009), and The Last Sup­per di­rected by Lu Chuan (2012). In 2017, he re­turned for Yang Lu’s film Broth­er­hood of Blades II and re­cently acted in For­ever Young by Fang­fang Li.

Ava Du­Ver­nay

Nom­i­nated for the Acad­emy Award and Golden Globe and win­ner of the BAFTA and Emmy, Ava Du­Ver­nay is a writer, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer,and film dis­trib­u­tor known for the his­tor­i­cal drama Selma (2014), the crim­i­nal jus­tice doc­u­men­tary 13th (2016), and the re­cent Dis­ney cin­e­matic adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic chil­dren’s novel A Wrin­kle in Time. Win­ner of the 2012 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val’s Best Di­rec­tor prize for her film Mid­dle of Nowhere, Du­Ver­nay am­pli­fies the work of peo­ple of colour and women di­rec­tors through her film col­lec­tive AR­RAY.

Robert Guédigu­ian

The work of Robert Guédigu­ian, an ac­tivist film­maker, cel­e­brates the city of Mar­seille where he grew up. Ac­claimed by crit­ics when he first started direct­ing in the 1980s, he met pub­lic suc­cess with Mar­ius and Jean­nette,which won the Prix LouisDel­luc in 1997. His film cred­its in­clude Marie-Jo et Ses Deux Amours (2002), Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars (2004), Le Voy­age en Ar­ménie (2007), Lady Jane (2008), L’ar­mée du Crime (2009), and The Snows of Kil­i­man­jaro (2011). His lat­est film to date,The House by the Sea (2017), re­ceived an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from crit­ics and au­di­ences.

Khadja Nin

The youngest in a fam­ily of eight, Khadja Nin stud­ied mu­sic at an early age be­fore leav­ing Africa to head to Europe. Her al­bums are a mix of oc­ci­den­tal pop,African, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. She gained wide recog­ni­tion and suc­cess in From Me to You, which is a won­der­ful trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela and the video of her song Mama was di­rected by Jeanne Moreau.An in­ter­na­tional artist, she be­came a UNICEF and ACP Ob­ser­va­tory on Mi­gra­tion Good Will Am­bas­sador. She was awarded the Prix de l’Ac­tion Fem­i­nine by the African Women’s League in 2016. She has been com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing or­di­nary he­roes.

Léa Sey­doux

Ris­ing to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beau­ti­ful Per­son in 2008, Léa Sey­doux is an award-win­ning ac­tress, no­tably of the Palme d’Or for Ab­de­latif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warm­est Colour in 2013. She suc­cess­fully al­ter­nates be­tween au­thor and main­stream films. Her film cred­its in­clude Re­becca Zlo­towski’s Dear Pru­dence and Grand Cen­tral, Benoît Jac­quot’s Farewell,My Queen, and Diary of a Cham­ber­maid, Ber­trand Bonello’s Saint Lau­rent, Sam Mendes’ Spec­tre,Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos’ The Lob­ster, and Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World.

Kris­ten Ste­wart

Kris­ten Ste­wart be­gan act­ing at an early age and re­ceived wide­spread recog­ni­tion in 2008 for The Twi­light Saga film se­ries (2008–12). Her film credit in­cludes Snow White and the Hunts­man (2012), Equals by Drake Dore­mus (2015), Billy Lynn’s Long Half­time Walk by Ang Lee (2016), Cannes-nom­i­nated film On the Road by Wal­ter Salles (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and Per­sonal Shop­per (2016), both by Olivier As­sayas (2014), as well as Café So­ci­ety by Woody Allen. She di­rected her first short film, Come Swim, in 2017.

De­nis Vil­leneuve

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned and re­cent two-time Acad­emy Award win­ner for Blade Run­ner 2049, De­nis Vil­leneuve made his de­but at the Na­tional Film Board of Canada in the early 1990s. His first fea­ture, Un 32 août sur terre (1998), was in­vited to Cannes. He re­turned there with Next Floor (2008), Polytech­nique (2009), and the Os­carnom­i­nated Si­cario (2015). In 2010, In­cendies was nom­i­nated for best for­eign lan­guage film at theA­cade­myAwards.In 2017,Ar­rival was nom­i­nated for eight Os­cars and nine BAFTAs,in­clud­ing best movie and best di­rec­tor.

An­dreï Zvyag­int­sev

Multi-award-win­ning film­maker An­dreï Zvyag­int­sev has al­ready be­come one of the most re­spected di­rec­tors in Rus­sian and in­ter­na­tional cin­ema.He di­rected his first fea­ture film in 2003, The Re­turn, which won him a Golden Lion at theVenice Film Fes­ti­val. He has con­tin­ued to write and di­rect award­win­ning fea­ture films, such as The Ban­ish­ment (2007), Elena (2011), and Le­viathan (2014). His most re­cent film, Love­less,won the Jury Prize at the Fes­ti­val de Cannes 2017, and was among the nom­i­nees at the Golden Globes and 90th Acad­emy Awards.

The Jury will re­veal his prize list on Satur­day 19 May dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

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