Cannes Competition jury line-up complete

Stewart, DuVernay and Seydoux on Blanchett’s panel

by Richard Mowe

Cate Blanchett, main, and, from top, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Khadja Nin, Denis Villeneuve, Kristen Stewart, Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Robert Guédiguian, and Léa Seydoux
Cate Blanchett, main, and, from top, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Khadja Nin, Denis Villeneuve, Kristen Stewart, Chang Chen, Ava DuVernay, Robert Guédiguian, and Léa Seydoux Photo: Photo composite: Festival de Cannes
With only two and a bit weeks to go before the start of this year’s 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival on May 8 the organisers today have confirmed the jurors who will sit alongside president Cate Blanchett on the official Competition jury to adjudicate on the prestigious Palme d’Or among other top awards.

Selma director Ava DuVernay and Twilight star Kristen Stewart have been named as well as Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, who won the screenplay prize for Leviathan in 2014 and the jury prize for Loveless last year.

French actress Léa Seydoux, Chinese star Chang Chen (The Assassin), French director-producer Robert Guédiguian and Burundian singer-songwriter Khadja Nin complete the suitably mixed line-up.

It has already been announced that Benicio del Toro will serve as president of Un Certain Regard jury, and Norwegian director Joachim Trier will lead the Critics’ Week jurors.

The Festival runs from May 8 to 19 .

Official Jury Line-Up

Cate Blanchett – President (Australian actress, producer)
Chang Chen (Chinese Actor)
Ava DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)
Robert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)
Khadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)
Léa Seydoux (French actress)
Kristen Stewart (American actress)
Denis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)
Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)

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