García Bernal among names added to Cannes jury

Posted by · 9:16 am · April 7th, 2010

Just over a week away from the announcement of the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and any festival-related news is received gratefully by the blogging community. Today, those who deemed Tim Burton too “Hollywood” a choice as this year’s jury president might be appeased by a host of more arthouse-leaning names lined up for jury duty.

Chief among them are actors Gael García Bernal and Giovanna Mezzogiorno, both worthy selections to join Burton on the competition jury; that announcement surely means Bernal starrer “Even the Rain,” a Spanish-language epic telling parallel stories of Christopher Columbus and Bolivia’s Water Wars, will not appear in competition, as some speculated it might. Thanks to Anne Thompson for passing along the news.

More exciting to me is the news that Claire Denis, one of the greatest filmmakers at work today, will be presiding over the Un Certain Regard section, where she herself competed with “I Can’t Sleep” in 1994. It’s a nice gesture towards a filmmaker who isn’t quite the Cannes fixture you might expect — she hasn’t been represented at the fest since “Trouble Every Day” played out of competition in 2001. Atom Egoyan, meanwhile, will head up the Cinéfondation jury.

Now is as good a time as any to mention that we’ll be covering the fest first-hand this year, so roll on May. Below, in case you haven’t seen it yet, is this year’s Brigitte Lacombe-photographed official festival poster: it’s not as striking as last year’s, but anything that places Juliette Binoche front-and-center is okay in my book.

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  • 1 4-07-2010 at 9:23 am

    head_wizard said...

    I still think Burtan will make a fine jury head and the this is looking like a good list of jurors. Cannes can’t come soon enough.

  • 2 4-07-2010 at 9:49 am

    James D. said...

    I am sad that I will be in France for the entirety of Cannes, but not at Cannes. I was thinking of taking a weekend to try and go, but it sounds impossible by what I have read.

  • 3 4-07-2010 at 9:52 am

    Filmoholic said...

    There are also rumors that a work-in-progress print of Nolan’s Inception is going to screen at the fest.

  • 4 4-07-2010 at 11:40 am

    LePuu said...

    You english-speaking people must understand spanish names are not like english. With Gael García Bernal happens the same than years ago when Alejandro González Iñárritu was oscar-nominated.
    His given name is Gael, his family name (paternal) is García, and his second family name (maternal) is Bernal. Tecnically, his last name can be “García” or “García Bernal”, but not “Bernal”.
    That’s what happens in most spanish-speaking countries, except Argentina.

  • 5 4-07-2010 at 12:09 pm

    McAllister said...

    Wow, my favorite actor and two of my favorite actresses! I love Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Juliette Binoche.

  • 6 4-07-2010 at 12:20 pm

    George said...

    Anyone know if there’s any truth to today’s rumor that Inception will premeire at Cannes? I’m crossing my fingers that it will.

  • 7 4-07-2010 at 2:17 pm

    Charlie said...


    That would be beyond insane.

    Can anyone confirm it with a link? *crosses fingers*

  • 8 4-07-2010 at 2:53 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    no, its a rumor i hear t thompson on hollywood, it would be a cool idea, im looking forward to see whatelse will be in competition, should be a good lineup

  • 9 4-07-2010 at 4:08 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    LePuu: Corrected. Thanks for the lesson.

    George: The rumour is that it might screen as a work in progress, not that it will be in competition.

  • 10 4-07-2010 at 5:57 pm

    Glenn said...

    I thought it was Isabella Rosselini when I first saw that poster.

  • 11 4-08-2010 at 5:22 pm

    Mike said...

    Okay this is totally unrelated but the trailer for “The Kids Are Alright” is out an it looks very un-Oscary. Hopefully, I’m wrong. Here’s the link.

  • 12 4-09-2010 at 1:14 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Oscary, un-Oscary … who cares? It’s a terrific film.