Cannes organizers also announced on Tuesday that Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, French actress Sophie Marceau and composer Rokia Traoré round out the jury made up of what the festival release called “nine distinctive voices,” each of whom have the same voting rights.
The four women and five men will be tasked with judging the films in the Main Competition selection. They will decide upon prize winners in a number of categories, culminating in the biggest honor of the festival, the Palme d’or, which will be announced during the Festival Closing Ceremony on May 24.
Films in competition include Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro; Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; Justin Kurzel’s version of “MacBeth,” with Michael Fassbender taking the lead; and Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe.
Among the other films that will be viewed by the jury are Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” “Dogtooth” director Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster,” Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” and Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre.”
Films screening out of competition include Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” Pete Docter’s animated movie “Inside Out” and Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”
The French film festival, which will open with a film directed by a woman for the second time in its long history, runs between May 13 and May 24.
This year’s festival will also be the first to feature a pair of jury presidents, rather than a single jury chief.
Isabella Rossellini is set to preside over the jury in this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard competition, a section of the fest typically devoted to younger, less established filmmakers than the main competition.