Monday, 28 April 2014


I say 'dominate'. I mean there's not a single person on the official jury who isn't either an actor or a director. Some of them are both! The full list is below. It's a decent reflection of what the main competition at Cannes represents: multi-national and with a pretty even balance between arthouse and commercial.

  • Jane Campion - Palme d'Or-winning writer / director of official Cannes titles Sweetie, The Piano and Bright Star. The first female president of the jury since Isabelle Huppert in 2009. Recipient of the Best Short Film Palme d'Or in 1986 for An Exercise in Discipline - Peel. The only woman to have been bestowed the Palme in festival history.
  • Carole Bouquet - French actor and star of Cannes competition films Day of the Idiots, Too Beautiful for You and Dead Tired. Her debut role was in seven-time Cannes nominee Luis Bunuel's That Obscure Object of Desire.
  • Sofia Coppola - Recipient of the Cinema Prize of the French National Education system for 2006 competition film Marie Anoinette. Contender for Un Certain Regard award in 2013 for The Bling Ring, which opened the sidebar. One of only two women to have shown in competition whose father also did - Francis Ford Coppola is one of only eight directors to have won the Palme twice.
  • Willem Dafoe - American actor whose debut role was uncredited in Michael Cimino's Palme d'Or nominated Heaven's Gate. Has since starred in Palme winner Wild at Heart and nominees Faraway, So Close! by Wim Wenders, and two of Lars von Trier's most controversial competition titles: Manderlay and Antichrist, for which his co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg won the Best Actress prize.
  • Gael Garcia Bernal - Cannes favourite whose directorial debut, Deficit, was selected for the Critics' Week lineup in 2007. Also appeared in competition award-winners The Motorcycle Diaries and Babel, fellow competition film Blindness and two more Cannes screeners: The Science of Sleep and his debut as an actor, Amores Perros.
  • Leila Hatami - Award-winning Iranian actor whose festival status was cemented upon working with Asghar Farhadi in 2011; Farhadi's The Past won a competition award at Cannes in 2013.
  • Jeon Do Yeon - One of four of this year's jurors to have won an official award. Star of 2010's The Housemaid, one of two of Im Sang Soo's films to have competed for the Palme d'Or, and 2007's Secret Sunshine, for which she won the Best Actress award.
  • Jia Zhang Ke - Favourite of festival director Thierry Fremaux. Has shown in competition at Cannes three times: 2002's Unknown Pleasures and 2008's 24 City, neither of which won an official award, and 2013's A Touch of Sin, which won Jia the Best Screenplay award from Steven Spielberg's jury.
  • Nicolas Winding Refn - Winner of the Best Director award for 2011's Drive, from Robert De Niro's jury. Also showed in 2013 with Only God Forgives.