The jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which opens on Tuesday, May 16, is headed by last year’s Palme d’Or winner, Triangle of Sadness director Ruben Ostlund.
His team of eight members, most aged under 50, includes US stars Paul Dano and Brie Larson and will decide on the prizes for the 21 films in competition to be announced on May 27.
The famous actor Dano, who appeared most recently in Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmansmade his directorial debut in the acclaimed 2018 drama Wildlife.
Best-known as Captain Marvel and outspoken in the #MeToo movement, 33-year-old Larson, this year’s youngest jury member, won an Oscar for her role as a mother locked up with her young son in Room in 2016.
Two French stars join Ostlund’s jury: actor Denis Menochet, whose breakout role came in 2009 with Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterdsand violent gore director Julia Ducournau, who won the Palme d’Or in 2021 for Titanium.
Argentinian director Damian Szifron’s second feature To Catch a Killer about a deranged gunman on the loose in Baltimore came out this year.
Zambia-born Rungano Nyoni, who grew up in Wales, caused a sensation with her first feature about a little girl accused of witchcraft, I’m Not a Witch in 2018.
Morocco’s Maryam Touzani was celebrated last year at Cannes for The Blue Caftan about homosexuality, which followed her critically acclaimed Adam in 2019 centered around an unwed and pregnant country girl.
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At 61 years old, Afghan writer and director Atiq Rahimi is this year’s oldest member of the jury. A previous winner of France’s prestigious Goncourt literary award, his films include two adaptations of his own novels.