Monday, May 20, 2024

The Cannes Film Festival Announces The 2024 Official Competition Jury

With a little over two weeks until the film festival, the Jury for the 77th Cannes Film Festival, chaired by Greta Gerwig (“Barbie“), has been announced. It will include Turkish screenwriter and photographer Ebru Ceylan (“Winter Sleep”), American actress Lily Gladstone (“Killers Of The Flower Moon“), French actress Eva Green (“Proxima“), Lebanese director and screenwriter Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum“), Spanish director and screenwriter Juan Antonio Bayona (“Society Of The Snow“), Italian actor Pierfrancisco Favino (“The Traitor”), Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu (“Monster“) and French actor and producer Omar Sy (“The Book Of Clarence“).

The Jury will have the honor of awarding the Palme d’Or to one of the 22 films in Competition after Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall,” presented by Ruben Östlund’s Jury, in 2023. The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 25th, at the Closing Ceremony, broadcast live by France Télévisions in France and by Brut Internationally.

GRETA GERWIG – President
Director, screenwriter, actress
United States

Greta Gerwig has made a name for herself in American and international cinema in just fifteen years. From the start of her career as an actress, Greta Gerwig has also been a screenwriter, collaborating on numerous projects. She co-wrote “Hannah Takes the Stairs” (2007) and “Nights and Weekends” (2008), which she also co-directed, followed by “Frances Ha” (2012), “Mistress America” (2015), and, of course, “Barbie” with her writing partner Noah Baumbach. Her very first solo work, “Lady Bird” (2017) – a gripping, tender, and melancholy portrait of the torments of adolescence – received 5 Oscar nominations, including for Best Director. For her second film, Greta Gerwig ambitiously took on the American literary classic “Little Women,” always with the aim of renewing the view of women. With her latest film, “Barbie” (2023), a worldwide cultural phenomenon and the biggest hit of the year, Greta Gerwig becomes the first director in the history of cinema to top the billion-dollar mark at the box office.

EBRU CEYLAN
Screenwriter, photographer
Turkey

Co-writer of the 2014 Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep, Ebru Ceylan, was born in Ankara. She began making photographs at an early age and participated in various solo and group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. She studied cinema at the university in Istanbul. Her first short film, “Kiyida (On the Edge),” was selected for the Short Films Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. She served as an actress and art director in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s early films like “Distant” (2002) and “Climates” (2006). She co-wrote “Three Monkeys” (Best Director Prize 2008), “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” (Grand Prix 2011), “Winter Sleep” (Palme d’Or 2014), “The Wild Pear Tree” (2018), and “About Dry Grasses” (2023), all selected at the Cannes Film Festival. She also writes stories and articles for various literary and art magazines and continues to work on films, photography, and video art.

LILY GLADSTONE
Actress
United States

Lily Gladstone is from the Blackfeet and Nez Perce Tribal Nations. She is the first Native American to be Oscar-nominated for Best Actress in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers Of The Flower Moon,” which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, and she won the 2023 Golden Globe and the 2024 Screen Actors Guild Award for the same. She was named Best Actress of 2023 by the New York Film Critics Circle and The National Board of Review, among many others. Lily’s breakout in Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” earned her Best Supporting Actress awards from the LA Critics Film Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, and others. Her turn in Morrisa Maltz’s “The Unknown Country” garnered her Outstanding Lead Performance at the 2023 Gothams. She can be seen in Hulu’s limited series “Under the Bridge” and will next be seen in the Apple film by Erica Tremblay, “Fancy Dance.”

EVA GREEN
Actress
France

World-renowned actress Eva Green first appeared in plays as “Turcaret et Jalousie en trois fax” (2002), for which she was nominated for Les Molières, before going on the silver screen in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Innocents: “The Dreamers” (2003). She alternates between Hollywood productions – Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” (2004), “Casino Royale” (2006), “300: The Birth of an Empire” (2014), “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” (2014) – and independent cinema David Mackenzie’s “Perfect Sense” (2011), Gregg Araki’s “White Bird” (2014), Alice Winocour’s “Proxima” (2019). In 2007, she received the BAFTA Rising Star award. Eva also made a name for herself in the fantasy series “Penny Dreadful.” A close friend of Tim Burton, with whom she has made three films – “Dark Shadows” (2012), “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” (2016), and “Dumbo” (2017) – she recently played in the French blockbuster “The Three Musketeers.”

NADINE LABAKI
Director, screenwriter
Lebanon

Awarded the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival with her powerful “Capernaum” nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Nadine Labaki has been weaving a story with the Festival for many years. After signing award-winning commercials and music videos, she took part in La Résidence de la Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 to write and develop “Caramel,” her first feature film, a joyfully impertinent ode to female solidarity and the biggest success of Lebanese cinema abroad. In 2011, she presented “Where Do We Go Now?” in the Un Certain Regard selection, a bold, universal fable about tolerance, and in 2014, she directed “O Milagre” for the sketch film “Rio, I Love You.” She is currently working on her next film.

JUAN ANTONIO BAYONA
Director, producer, screenwriter
Spain

Juan Antonio Bayona has established himself as one of Spain’s most acclaimed filmmakers, resonating with audiences and critics all over the world. His debut film, “The Orphanage,” premiered at la Semaine de la Critique in 2007 and received a standing ovation. In 2012, he directed “The Impossible,” which won five Goya Awards, including Best Director. The star of what film, Naomi Watts, was nominated for the Oscar and Golden Globe awards in the category of Best Actress. In 2016, he directed “A Monster Calls,” followed by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth installment of the “Jurassic Park” film series. His latest film, the Academy Award-nominated “Society Of The Snow,” has been celebrated for its deep humanism and technical prowess, winning twelve Goya Awards, and is a testament to his mastery of the craft.

PIERFRANCESCO FAVINO
Actor
Italy

Pierfrancesco Favino, the most prominent Italian actor of his generation, has gained recognition with Gabriele Muccino’s debut hit, “The Last Kiss” (2001). Awarded for his performance in Michele Placido’s “Romanzo Criminale” (2005), he pursued a parallel career in Hollywood with Ron Howard’s “Angels and Demons” and “Rush,” Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna,” and Marc Foster’s “World War Z.” In 2018, he played the role of Tommaso Buscetta in Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor,” presented In Competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and returned in 2022 with Mario Martone’s “Nostalgia,” also in Competition. In between, he shot “Hammamet” by Gianni Amelio and “Padrenostro” by Claudio Noce (2020), for which he won the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival. He recently worked with Pablo Larraìn on “Maria” and Gabriele Salvatores on “Naples to New York.”

KORE-EDA HIROKAZU
Director
Japan

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kore-eda Hirokazu graduated from Waseda University in 1987. He started directing several prize-winning documentary programs for television. His directorial debuts, “Maborosi” (1995) and “After Life” (1998) brought him international acclaim. Many of his films were selected at the Cannes Film Festival, including “Distance” (2001), “Nobody Knows” (Best Actor Award, 2004), “Air Doll” (2009), “Like Father, Like Son” (Jury Prize, 2013), “Our Little Sister” (2015) and “After the Storm” (2016). In 2018, “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has reached a turning point in the international co-production, “The Truth” (2019) in France, and “Broker” (Best Actor Award, 2022) in Korea. In 2023, his latest feature, “Monster,” won Best Screenplay at the 76th Cannes Film Festival.

OMAR SY
Actor, producer
France

Winner of the César for Best Actor in Éric Toledano & Olivier Nakache’s “The Intouchables” (2011), Omar Sy has distinguished himself in all genres: “Tellement proches” (2009), “Samba” (2014) by Toledano & Nakache, “Micmacs” (2009) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, “Mood Indigo” (2013) by Michel Gondry, “Chocolat” (2016) by Roschdy Zem, “Yao” (2019) by Philippe Godeau, “The Lost Prince” (2020) by Michel Hazanavicius. Also internationally: “X Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), “Jurassic World” (2015-2022), and Ron Howard’s “Inferno” (2016). In 2022, he starred in Mathieu Vadepied’s “Father & Soldier,” the Opening film of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. He will next be seen in Joe Carnahan’s “Shadow Force” and John Woo’s “The Killer.” In 2023, he founded the production studio Carrousel Studios with Louis Leterrier and Thomas Benski.

The full lineup for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival can be seen here. The festival runs from May 14th until May 25th.

Are you excited for the 2024 Cannes Film Festival? What do you think of this announcement for Official Competition Jury selection? Are you planning to attend the festival this year? Which films are you most looking forward to seeing? Please let us know in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
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