Cannes 2021 jury presents five women, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mélanie Laurent

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the cannes film festival unveiled the jury of the competition, which will be composed of a majority of women, including the American actress-director Maggie Gyllenhaal, the French actress-director Mélanie Laurent, the Franco-Senegalese actress-director Mati Diop, the director Austrian Jessica Hausner and cult French singer Mylène Farmer.

Spike Lee will chair the jury which will also include the French actor Tahar Rahim, Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho and South Korean actor Kang-ho song. It’s a historic jury, with a black president for the first time and a ratio of five women to three men.

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Gyllenhaal, who just made her directorial debut with “The Lost Daughter”, is best known for her roles in Christopher Nolan’s “Donnie Darko”, “Secretary” and “The Dark Knight”. She won her first Oscar nomination with “Crazy Heart” and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the miniseries “The Honorable Woman”. She then produced and starred in the HBO series “The Deuce” and the thriller “The Kindergarten Teacher”.

As an actor, Laurent has worked Quentin Tarantino (“Inglorious Basterds”), Mike Mills, Denis Villeneuve, Angelina Jolie and more recently Alexandre Aja. She is also a well-established filmmaker, who made her feature film debut with “The Adopted” and followed with “Breathe” which premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week. She then made her English film debut with “Galveston” and recently filmed “Le Bal des folles”, adapted from the short story by Victoria Mas.

Diop made his first feature films with “Atlantiques” which competed in Cannes in 2019 and won the Grand Prix. It was shortlisted in the international film Oscar race. She received the Martin E. Segal – Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center in New York. As an actress, Diop appeared among others in “35 Shots of Rum” by Claire Denis.

Farmer is an icon of French music whose career spans 35 years. Farmer’s visually bold shows underscore his love for cinema. Over the years, she has called on renowned artists and filmmakers, such as Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts and Abel Ferrara, to produce the clips for her cult songs, notably “Libertine”, “Sans contrefaçon “,” California “,” Soul-Stram-Gram “and” May they be sweet “. Farmer also starred in Pascal Laugier’s movie “Ghostland” in 2018.

Hausner made his first feature films with “Lourdes” which was selected in Venice and won the FIPRESCI Prize, and the European Film Prize for Best Actress for Sylvie Testud. She made her second outing with “Amour” which appeared in Un Certain Regard. Her fifth film, “Little Joe”, competed at Cannes in 2019 and won the Best Actress award for Emily Beecham.

Mendonca Filho, meanwhile, made his film debut with “Neighboring Sounds” starring in Rotterdam and was Brazil’s contender for the international film Oscar race. His 2019 film “Bacurau”, co-directed by Juliano Dornelles, competed in Cannes and won the Jury Prize.

Rahim, who was recently nominated for the BAFTAs and Golden Globes for his performance in Kevin Macdonald’s “The Mauritanian” and was critically acclaimed for his work on “The Imminent Tower” and “The Serpent,” has burst onto the scene international with his performance in the film by Jacques Audiard. ” A prophet. »Rahim returned to Cannes competition with« The Past »by Asghar Farhadi. He will soon be appearing in “She Came to Me” by Rebecca Miller.

Kang-Ho is the South Korean star of Oscar-winning Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite”. The film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019 and won four Oscars. Kang-Ho has so far appeared in more than 40 films, including “Memories of Murder”, “The Host” and “Snowpiercer”. He recently finished filming Han Jae-rim’s “Emergency Declaration” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Broker”.

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