Dunst, Sutherland and Paradis join Cannes jury

Final touches to Mad Max director’s line-up.

by Richard Mowe

Cannes jury line-up, clockwise from top left, George Miller (president), Valeria Golino,
 Donald Sutherland, Katayoon Shahabi, Arnaud Desplechin, Mads Mikkelsen,
 Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis and Laszlo Nemes.
Cannes jury line-up, clockwise from top left, George Miller (president), Valeria Golino, Donald Sutherland, Katayoon Shahabi, Arnaud Desplechin, Mads Mikkelsen, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis and Laszlo Nemes. Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival has announced the previous prize-winners and stellar talents who will make up the official selection jury under the presidency of Mad Max director George Miller, who will decide on the Palme d’Or winner for the closing ceremony on Sunday 22 May. In a break with tradition, the Palme d’Or film will be screened again after the awards ceremony.

Kirsten Dunst, the American actress who scored a best actress gong in Cannes for Melancholia in 2011 will figure in the jury alongside Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Four years ago he took the award for Cannes best actor for his performance in Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt.

Laszlo Nemes, the Hungarian director who won the grand prix last year for Son Of Saul and also scooped best foreign-language film Oscar, joins the ranks with Italian actress, director, and writer Valeria Golino whose film Honey in Un Certain Regard in 2013 was awarded the ecumenical prize.

Alongside them will be veteran actor Donald Sutherland, actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, director Arnaud Desplechin (a Cannes regular who was present last year for My Golden Days as part of the Directors’ Fortnight selection) and producer Katayoon Shahabi (A Separation).

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