The Jury of the 74th Festival de Cannes
Around the President Spike Lee, five women and 3 men of seven nationalities, coming from five continents will have the privilege to discover the 24 films of the 2021 international Competition. As a reflect of the official Selection, almost the whole world will be part of these long-awaited premieres.
THE JURY 2021
Spike Lee – President
Director, producer, screenwriter (United States)
Director (France, Senegal)
Singer, songwriter (Canada, France)
Actress, producer, screenwriter, director (États-Unis)
Director, producer, screenwriter (Austria)
Actress, director, screenwriter (France)
Kleber Mendonça Filho
Director, producer, screenwriter (Brazil)
Actor (South Korea)
Director – France, Senegal
Mati Diop lives and works between Paris and Dakar. Her first feature Atlantics (2019) was selected in the official Competition at the Festival de Cannes, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. The film was later shortlisted as one of the 10 best international films at the Oscars. She has also directed several short-films and medium-length films: Atlantics (2009), Snow Canon (2011), Big in Vietnam (2012), A Thousand Suns (2013), and In My Room (2020), which were also nominated and awarded in many international festivals. In 2016, Mati Diop received the Lincoln Center of New York’s Martin E. Segal – Emerging Artist Award. As an actress, Mati Diop has appeared in 35 Shots of Rum (2008) directed by Claire Denis, Simon Killer (2012) by Antonio Campos, Fort Buchanan (2014) by Benjamin Crotty, Hermia & Helena (2016) by Matias Piñeiro and In My Room, her latest short film.
Singer, songwriter – Canada, France
Singer, songwriter, and performing artist Mylène Farmer has become a true icon. She managed to create a unique connection with her audience, which has been following her for over 35 years. She sold 35 million records and had 2,7 million spectators attend her gigantic performances across Europe and Russia. The visual aesthetics and cinematographic quality of her work testify to her love of cinema. She worked with the greatest: Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts, Abel Ferrara, Luc Besson, Dominique Issermann, Olivier Dahan, Ching Siu-tung, Darius Khondji, Agusti Villaronga. “Libertine”, “Sans contrefaçon”, “California”, “L’Âme-Stram-Gram”, “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces”, all those music videos can be seen as authentic short films. In 2018 she joined the cast of Pascal Laugier’s movie Ghostland. Mylène Farmer continues to stand as a free woman and an extraordinary artist.
Actress, producer, screenwriter, director – United States
Academy Award-nominated actress, producer, screenwriter and director Maggie Gyllenhaal began her career appearing in the cult favorite Donnie Darko (2001). Her breakout roles came soon after in Secretary (2002) and Sherrybaby (2006), with both performances earning her a Golden Globe nomination. She went on to star in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center (2006) and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008). In 2009, Gyllenhaal received great acclaim for her role in Crazy Heart which earned the actress her first Oscar nomination. She went on to win a Golden Globe for her work in the miniseries The Honourable Woman (2014) and she produced and starred in the critically praised series The Deuce (2017) for HBO over three seasons. In 2018, she produced, starred and garnered rave reviews in the thriller The Kindergarten Teacher. She recently adapted and directed her first feature film, The Lost Daughter.
Director, producer, screenwriter – Austria
Born in Vienna, Jessica Hausner studied directing at the Film Academy of Vienna where she made he first short films, Flora (1996) and Inter-View (1999), both awarded. She then directs two feature films, Lovely Rita (2001) and Hotel (2004), that premiered at the Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. In 2009, Lourdes was selected at the Venice Film Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize, followed by other prizes, such as the European Film Award for Best Actress for Sylvie Testud. She comes back in Un Certain Regard Competition with Amour Fou in 2014. Her fifth feature film and the first in English, Little Joe, was selected in Competition at the Festival de Cannes 2019 where Emily Beecham received the Best Actress award. Great Festival success, the film sold in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Actress, screenwriter, director – France
Actress, screenwriter, director, and environmental activist, Mélanie Laurent is the recipient of two César and has established herself in the film industry, starring in over 40 movies. She made her Hollywood debut in Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino selected in Competition at Festival de Cannes (2009). She has since gone on to work with the greatest filmmakers including Mike Mills, Denis Villeneuve, or Angelina Jolie. She made her feature directorial debut with The Adopted (2011), following up with the critically acclaimed Breathe which premiered at La Semaine de la Critique in 2014. Melanie’s environmental-focused documentary Tomorrow became the biggest French documentary release of 2015. In 2021, she will soon direct and star in Le Bal des follesadapted from Victoria Mas’ short story.
KLEBER MENDONÇA FILHO
Director, producer, screenwriter – Brazil
Born in Recife, Brazil, Kleber Mendonça Filho became a film programmer and critic while making award-winning short films. Neighboring Sounds, Mendonça’s first feature film, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2012 and was Brazil’s entry in the race for the Oscars. The New York Times listed it among the ten best films of the year. His second feature film Aquarius, starring Sonia Braga, was in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, in 2016. before being nominated for a César and at the Independent Spirit Award. In 2019, Bacurau, co-directed by Juliano Dornelles, screened in competition in Cannes was awarded the Jury Prize. Kleber is also a film programmer for Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and the artistic director of Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife.
Actor – France
After his breakthrough performance in A Prophet by Jacques Audiard, which received 9 César and the Festival de Cannes Grand Prix, Tahar Rahim won the César for Best Male Newcomer and for Best Actor. He returned to Cannes in Competition with The Past by Asghar Farhadi and Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski (2013). Following this, he went on to play numerous leading roles both in France and worldwide, including in The Price of Success by Teddy Lussi-Modeste, Samba by Éric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, Mary Magdalene by Garth Davis, as well as in the series The Looming Tower alongside Jeff Daniels. In 2021, he achieved international success with The Serpent and The Mauritanianby Kevin Macdonald, for which he received multiple nominations, including Best Actor at the Golden Globes and at the BAFTAs. He will soon be starring in Don Juan by Serge Bozon and She Came to Me by Rebecca Miller.
Actor – South Korea
Since his debut 26 years ago, Song Kang-ho has appeared in more than 40 films, including Joint Security Area (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Secret Sunshine (2007), Thirst (2009), The Attorney (2013), Snowpiercer (2013), The Age of Shadows (2016), A Taxi Driver (2017), and in the worldwide success Parasite (2019). As a lead role in Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece, the first Korean film to win the Palme d’or at the Festival de Cannes and to earn four Oscars wins, Song Kang-ho played a key part in writing a remarkable page in Korean cinema’s history. Awarded in 2019 at the Locarno Film Festival, he was among the New York Times “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century”, in 2020. He has recently finished filming Emergency Declaration by director Han Jae-rim, and Broker by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Ruben Östlund President of the Jury of the 76th Festival de Cannes
50 years after fellow citizen Ingrid Bergman, Swedish director Ruben Östlund, a two-time winner of the Palme d’or, will preside over the Jury o
« I am happy, proud, and humbled to be trusted with the honor of Jury president for this year’s Competition at the Festival de Cannes. Nowhere in the film world is the anticipation as strong as when the curtain rises on the films in Competition at the Festival. It is a privilege to be part of it, together with the Cannes audience of connoisseurs. I am sincere when I say that cinema culture is in its most important period ever. The cinema has a unique aspect – there, we watch together, and it demands more on what is shown and increases the intensity of the experience. It makes us reflect in a different way than when we dopamine scroll in front of the individual screens », declared the futur President Ruben Östlund.
With a track record of only 6 features, the filmmaker was already selected twice at Un Certain Regard, where he was awarded the Jury Prize in 2014, before later entering the Competition. No sooner does he appears there that the Palme d’Or is awarded to him twice; first for The Square at the 70th Festival de Cannes, and then for his next film acclaimed last year, Triangle of Sadness.
After studying cinema in Gothenburg, he directed his first feature film, The Guitar Mongoloid, in 2004. On the edge of the documentary genre, the film describes the intersecting destinies of outcasts in a fictional city that closely resembles Gothenburg. Humor as a tool of sociological description is already apparent.
His next short film, Autobiographical Scene Number 6882, gathers all the ingredients of his future work, which are affirmed in Involuntary, a feature film selected at Un Certain Regard in 2008. Östlund positions the camera at a relevant distance to better observe human behavior: small weaknesses and major flaws caused by group dynamics are then dissected to the point of discomfort. Two years later, Incident by a Bank won the Golden Bear for best short film at the 60th Berlinale – it examines the reactions of passers-by to a bank robbery. His third feature film, Play, which was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2011, describes harassment between youth gangs. When it was released in Sweden it gave rise to a major debate across Swedish society.
In Force Majeure, which was screened at Un Certain Regard in 2014, the situation takes on the aspect of an avalanche where a father prefers to take cover rather than save his wife and children: how can he accept the aftermath, in bad faith and in fear of losing face? Such is the issue that the director examines with ferocious acidity.
Ruben Östlund repeatedly explores a provocative dialectic which has become his signature: an initial situation sets the stage for a sociological examination where the baser instincts of our humanity are painstakingly and uncompromisingly examined with corrosive humor.
In 2017, in The Square, he tells the fictional story of an artistic experiment he conducted in his native country. The film addresses brilliantly the boundaries of public space, art and the animal aspects within ourselves.
Finally, in 2022, Triangle of Sadness chronicles a cruise ship caught in a storm that reshuffles the cards of class struggle in Western societies in a nauseating hullabaloo.
By inviting Ruben Östlund to preside over the Jury, the Festival de Cannes wishes to pay a tribute to films that are uncompromising and forthright and which constantly demand that viewers challenge themselves and that art continue to invent itself.
Ruben Östlund has therefore become the third two-time winner of the Palme d’or to be the President of the Jury, following Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica, and the very first to take on this role the year after his acclaim in Cannes.
« As President, concludes Ruben Östlund, I will remind my colleagues in the Jury about the social function of the cinema. A good movie relates to the collective experience, stimulates us to think and makes us want to discuss what we have seen – So let’s watch together! ».
f the 76th edition of the Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27.
The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes at the Oscars 2023
The Academy Awards nominations were announced this Tuesday, January 24th. The Festival de Cannes is delighted to see the films of the Official Selection, represented in 15 categories and cumulating 21 nominations: Best Picture, Directing, Actor in a leading role, Visual effects, Cinematography, Film editing, Production design, Makeup and hairstyling, International feature, Documentary feature, Short Film (Live Action), Original song, Original screenplay, Adapted screenplay, Sound and Costume design.
The Festival de Cannes wishes good luck to all these artists for the ceremony to be held on Sunday, March 12 in Los Angeles.
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Out of Competition
Actor in a leading role (Austin Butler)
Cinematography (Mandy Walker)
Film editing (Matt Villa, Jonathan Redmond)
Production design (Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Bev Dunn)
Makeup and hairstyling (Mark Coulier, Jason Baird, Aldo Signoretti)
Sound (David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, Michael Keller)
Costume design (Catherine Martin)
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Out of Competition
Visual effects (Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson , Scott R. Fisher)
Film editing (Eddie Hamilton)
Music – Original song (Hold My Hand by Lady Gaga and BloodPop)
Writing – Adapted screenplay (Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, Peter Craig, Justin Marks)
Sound (Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor)
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Competition – Palme d’or
Directing (Ruben Östlund)
Writing – Original screeplay (Ruben Östlund)
ALL THAT BREATHES
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Special screenings
Documentary feature film
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Competition – Grand Prix
International feature film
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Competition – Jury Prize
International feature film
Festival de Cannes 2022 – Premiered as part of the “Rendez-vous avec”
Short Film (Live Action)
The Festival de Cannes demands the immediate release of filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Aleahmad and Jafar Panahi
On Friday, July 8, 2022, Iranian filmmakers Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad were arrested and imprisoned at an unknown location for protesting against violence against civilians in Iran. Mohammad Rasoulof had already been deprived of his freedom of movement and work since 2017, following the screening of his film A Man of Integrity, which won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 70th edition of the Festival de Cannes. His films Manuscripts Don’t Burn, which won the Fipresci Prize in 2013 and Goodbye, which won the Best Director Prize at Un Certain Regard in 2011, had also been screened in Cannes. He had subsequently won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival in 2020 with There is No Evil.
Today, on Monday, July 11, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was also arrested in Tehran. The director presented numerous works at Cannes, including Three Faces, which was selected in Competition in 2018 and awarded the Prize for Best Screenplay, as well as Crimson Gold, which won the Jury Prize at Un Certain Regard in 2003. Jafar Panahi also won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2015 for his film Taxi.
The Festival de Cannes strongly condemns these arrests as well as the wave of repression obviously in progress in Iran against its artists. The Festival calls for the immediate release of Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Aleahmad and Jafar Panahi.
The Festival de Cannes also wishes to reassert its support to all those who, throughout the world, are subjected to violence and repression. The Festival remains and will always remain a haven for artists from all over the world and it will relentlessly be at their service in order to convey their voices loud and clear, in the defense of freedom of creation and freedom of speech.