French actor Vincent Lindon will lead the main jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which awards the coveted Palme d’Or.
The jury under Vincent Lindon, who starred in the 2021 winner “Titane”, will choose from 21 films in the main competition at the film festival which takes place May 17-28.
In a statement, Lindon said he was “extremely proud, in the midst of the upheaval of the many events we are going through in the world, to have the fantastic and heavy task of leading the jury”.
He and his jury will “strive to take good care of the films of the future, all of which hold the same secret hope of courage, loyalty and freedom,” Lindon said.
Lindon, 62, will be accompanied by eight other jury members.
They are the British actress and director Rebecca Hall, the Indian actress Deepika Padukone, the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, the Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, the French director Ladj Jeff Nich and the American director director Joachim Trier.
The line-up for this year’s festival, the 75th Cannes edition, is a mix of cult directors and Hollywood glamor.
Canadian horror maestro David Cronenberg, American filmmaker James Gray and Frenchman Claire Denis are among the competitors for the Palme d’Or.
They are expected to bring a plethora of stars to the red carpet, with Cronenberg’s sci-fi / horror crossover “Crime of the Future” with Kristen Stewart Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen.
Denis returns with a thriller set in Central America – “The Stars at Noon” – starring Taron Egerton and Robert Pattinson.
Gray’s contribution, “Armageddon Time”, is a story based on his teenage years in New York with Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac, Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins.
Tom Cruise will attend the much-delayed world premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to his 1986 blockbuster film, without competition.
And Tom Hanks will be in town for “Elvis”, where he stars as the rock’n’roll star’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, most recently from Australian director Baz Luhrmann who previously lit up Cannes with “Moulin Rouge!” And “Gatsby”.
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