The Festival du Cannes has named Brit character actor Tim Roth (TV's "Lie to Me") as president of the Un Certain Regard jury. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux will announce the sidebar of twenty films, which is part of the Selection Officielle and packed with world premieres, at the same time as the main competition program on April 19. The rest of the Un Certain Regard jury, which will announce the winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard on Saturday May 26, will in announced in a few days.
The English actor began his career in television before breaking out in the Stephen Frears film "The Hit." Following the lead of Gary Oldman, Roth made the move to Hollywood and American accents, making his Cannes debut with Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," followed by "Pulp Fiction," which won the 1994 Palme d'Or. In 1995, he was nominated for an Oscar for his scene-chewing villain in "Rob Roy." (I interviewed him in 1995 for E.W.)
Roth directed his first film in 1999: "The War Zone," which played Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. He also appeared in Terrence Malick's "The New World," Wim Wenders' "Don't Come Knocking," Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," and Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You."
Accompanied by a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors to be announced in the next few days,
The 2011 Prix Un Certain Regard was awarded ex-aequo to Arirang directed by Kim Ki-Duk (Korea) and Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track) by Andreas Dresen (Germany), which has just been released in French cinemas.