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April 25, 2012 4:21 PM
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Cannes Competition Jury Includes Alexander Payne, Ewan McGregor and Jean Paul Gaultier

Alexander Payne and Diane Kruger are among the members of this year's Cannes jury.

The 65th Festival de Cannes has announced its competition jury. Presided by Italian director, actor and producer Nanni Moretti, it will include Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass, director Andrea Arnold, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, actress Diane Kruger, designer Jean Paul Gaultier, actor Ewan McGregor, director Alexander Payne and Haitian director Raoul Peck.

The jury will select the festival winners and the Palme d’or grand prize from the 22 films in competition.

Full press release below:

THE JURY OF THE 65TH FESTIVAL DE CANNES

The Jury of the Competition presided over by Nanni Moretti (Italian director, actor and producer) welcomes to its ranks:

Hiam Abbass (Palestinian actress, director)

Andrea Arnold (British director and scriptwriter)

Emmanuelle Devos (French actress)

Diane Kruger (German actress)

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Jean Paul Gaultier (French designer)

Ewan McGregor (British actor)

Alexander Payne (American director, scriptwriter and producer)

Raoul Peck (Haitian director, scriptwriter and producer)

The Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes will have to decide between the 22 films in Competition in order to select the winners, to be announced on stage during the Closing Ceremony on 27th May, culminating in the announcement of the Palme d’or.

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Hiam Abbass was born in Galilee. Following her studies in Haifa she joined Palestine’s El-Hakawati Theatre Group. She first appeared in Michel Khleifi’s Wedding in Galilee (1987). Fame soon followed with Raja Amari’s Red Satin (2002). She appeared in The Syrian Bride (2005) then Lemon Tree (2008) by Eran Riklis , Free Zone and Disengagement by Amos Gitaï (2005) and Bab el Shams by Yousry Nasrallah (2004). She also filmed in France with Patrice Chéreau, Jean Becker and Radu Mihaileanu (The Source – in Competition at Cannes 2011). Her American filmmaking career began with Jim Jarmusch (The Limits of Control- 2009) and Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor- 2008) as well as with Julian Schnabel in Miral, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. She has just finished shooting Inheritance, her first feature film as a director.

Andrea Arnold, British director and scriptwriter, was awarded the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 2004 for Wasp. Her first feature-length film, Red Road (2006), was selected at Cannes in Competition, as was Fish Tank (2009); both received the Jury Prize. In 2011, she directed an adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights, selected in Competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Following her studies at the prestigious Cours Florent, Emmanuelle Devos began shooting with the brilliant young generation of filmmakers fresh out of La Fémis: Noémie Lvovsky and Arnaud Desplechin who brought her to Cannes in 1996 with his My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument. The accolades arrived in 2001 with Jacques Audiard’s Read My Lips (César for Best Actress). She filmed again with Desplechin and Audiard and also with Nicole Garcia, Emmanuel Carrère, Alain Resnais and Xavier Giannoli, whose In The Beginning saw her win the 2010 César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Still devoted to theatre work, her film career continues unabated. She will soon begin shooting with Martin Provost and with Jérôme Bonnell alongside Gabriel Byrne.

Born in Germany, Diane Kruger received international acclaim in 2004 for her role in Wolfgang Peterson’s Troy. Numerous successes followed, namely Christian Carion’s Joyeux Noël which featured in the Official Selection at Cannes and received an Oscar nomination in 2005 for Best Foreign Language Film. She subsequently worked with Agnieszka Holland, Bille August and Quentin Tarantino. In France, she recently filmed with Fred Cavayé and Fabienne Berthaud. She can currently be seen in Benoît Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. Most recently, she completed filming of Pascal Chaumeil’s Fly Me to the Moon as well as Andrew Niccol’s The Host.

A world-famous designer who has worked with artists such as Madonna, Angelin Prejlocaj and Régine Chopinot, Jean Paul Gaultier began his career with Pierre Cardin before launching his own fashion house in 1976. Passionate and highly versatile, he has never stopped experimenting in new fields, including dance, music and cinema. He designed the costumes for The City of Lost Children by Jeunet and Caro and for Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. In particular, he has worked with Pedro Almodόvar on Bad Education, which opened the Festival de Cannes in 2004 and on The Skin I Live In, which was in Competition last year. A great cinema-lover, Jean Paul Gaultier has often spoken of his love for actresses or directors such as Jacques Becker.

Ewan McGregor has proven himself as a true international actor. From Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting (In Competition, Cannes 1996) to George Lucas’ Star Wars (2002-2005), and Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, which opened the Festival in 2001. He demonstrated the full extent of his range in Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Grant Heslov’s The Men who Stare at Goats (2010) and The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski (2010). He is currently filming an HBO’s series adaptation of the Jonathan Franzen novel, The Corrections. Following in the footsteps of Jude Law in 2011, Cannes is delighted to welcome this latest representative of the British acting fraternity.

Originally from Nebraska, Alexander Payne earned his MFA in Film at UCLA.  He made his feature film debut with Citizen Ruth (1996) and followed up with Election (1999), which won Best Screenplay from the Writers' Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. About Schmidt (2002), premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. A sensitive director whose inspiration is often drawn from his own filmmaking passions, Payne directed Sideways (2004) as well as his latest film, The Descendants (2011), starring George Clooney, both of which won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Haitian born Raoul Peck grew up in Congo, France, Germany and the United States. He has created a complex and diverse body of work from documentaries to TV fiction. His feature films include The Man by the Shore (in Competition at Cannes 1993); Lumumba (presented at the Director’s Fortnight 2000). Sometimes in April (2005) was presented in Berlin and Moloch Tropical (2009) in Toronto and Berlin. The former Minister of Culture of Haiti, Raoul Peck has been, since 2010, Chairman of the Board of the film school La Fémis.

1 Comment

  • jingmei | April 26, 2012 2:20 AMReply

    Good to see my beautiful Mr. Evan Mcgregor in it. This time Diane Kruger, maybe another time gonna be Melanie Laurent or someone since they all were "mistress" (host) of Cannes ceremonies.