Provence & Côte d'Azur: Ewan McGregor and Jean Paul Gaultier to sit on the film festival's jury next month
Cannes Film Festival jury revealed
The jury for the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition has been unveiled and it is eclectic to say the least. Counting Ewan McGregor and Jean Paul Gaultier amongst their number, organisers have called on film makers, political activists, actors and designers from all over the world. The nine-seat jury, presided by Italian director Nanni Moretti, will award the coveted Palme d’Or prize to one of the 22 short listed films running in the famous competition.
Palestinian director Hiam Abbass, British director Andrea Arnold, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, and German actress Diane Kruger make up the four female seats on the panel and, in addition to McGregor and Gaultier, will be joined by American director Alexander Payne and Haitian director Raoul Peck.
The assorted bunch will no doubt have conflicting styles and preferences when it comes to film, narrative and genre. Will Scottish McGregor plug Ken Loach’s Glaswegian-set The Angels’ Share? And how will outlandish fashion designer Gaultier fair with stern and serious film maker Peck? Perhaps the stories from behind the scenes will be just as riveting as the competition itself!
The multiculturalism of the 2012 board reflects the level of international entrants in the acclaimed competition. This year, there a number of Romanian, Iranian, Egyptian and Korean films are in the running, alongside Hollywood regulars England and France.