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The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the eight members of the Competition’s main jury, who will join its previously announced president, Ruben Östlund, at the 76th edition, from May 16-27.
They include Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, French actor Denis Ménochet, British-Zambian screenwriter and director Rungano Nyoni, American actress, director and producer Brie Larson, American actor and director Paul Dano, writer and filmmaker Afghan Atiq Rahimi, Argentinian director and screenwriter Damián Szifrón and French director Julia Ducournau.
Like two-time Palme d’Or winner Östlund, most of the jury members have strong Cannes pedigrees.
Having collaborated for a long time in the films of her husband Nabil Ayouch such as BelovedTouzani makes her directorial debut at Cannes Un Certain Regard with Adam in 2019 and back in section in 2022 with The blue caftanwhich was on the long list of Oscars in the Best International Film category.
Ménochet’s Cannes credits include Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 Palme d’Or contender Inglourious Basterds. Other Cannes titles include Rebecca Zlotowski’s Large central (Un Certain Regard, 2013), by Wes Anderson The French Dispatch (Competition, 2021) and beasts (Premiere in Cannes, 2022).
Nyoni burst internationally at Cannes in 2017 with her feature debut I am not a witch at the same time took over the Directors’ Fortnight section, developed with the support of La Résidence du Festival.
Countless projects led by Larson have found funding all over the Croisette, but the function of jury marks the Oscar Bedroom actress and Captain Marvel the star’s first official trip to Cannes.
Dano’s many credits include Little Miss Sun (2006), there will be blood (2007), Twelve years of slavery and more recently The Fabelmans. His Cannes titles include competition titles Youth (2015) and Okja (2017).
Born in Kabul and a longtime French resident, Rahimi made his Cannes debut at Un Certain Regard in 2004 with earth and ashes, which he adapted from his own book. His subsequent films included The patient stone And Our Lady of the Nile.
Szifrón rose to international fame as a director in 2014 with his Cannes Competition title produced by Pedro Almodóvar wild tales, which went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 2015. More recent credits include the crime thriller To catch a killerwith Shailene Woodley.
The career trajectory of the French Ducournau ends in Cannes. Having exploded at Critics’ Week with his first feature film Raw in 2016, she won the Palme d’Or in 2021 for Titaniumbecoming the second woman in the history of the festival after Jane Campion to achieve this feat.
The Jury will be responsible for awarding the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films in Competition. His decision will be revealed at the awards ceremony on May 27, followed by the closing film Elementary.